Notre Ami le Roi [Our Friend the King]

Scope and Content

Mail Art. The image is contemporary parody after the orientalist painting Odalisque with a Slave by J.A.D. Ingres (1842), in which Musa replaces the slave with stamps for two Arab kings and the lute player with Queen Elizabeth II. A stamp of a cat’s head mocks the voluptuous odalisque, a harem woman. Frequently, Musa uses a stamp as the head or mask for a figure that is drawn or collaged as seen in this work.

Access Information

Collection currently on display in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 23rd March 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

brown paper envelope 16cm x 23cm

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.