Art Objects An Ndop figure is made whenever a new king comes to power. It is meant to be an exact replica of the previous king and is considered his “soul double,” revealing his unique personality traits, achievements, and legacy. The figure above represents King Shyaam a Mbul a Ngongo, who lived between the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Each king chooses his symbol of power. In this carving, the board game, “lien”, symbolizes the king’s strategic success in reuniting the kingdom in times of conflict. At the death of the king the Ndop is brought to the new king’s initiation ceremony to transfer his power and wisdom.Each Ndop figure features an object called “ibol” which identifies the king. The “ibol” of King Miko miMbul is a sculptured human head with an enlarged forehead placed in front of him.The Ndop figure of Mishe miShyaang maMbul is seated cross-legged on an elevated platform wearing a royal headdress and carrying a short sword, symbolic of his office. Ndop figures usually portray monarchs in the prime of their lives.