Custom bronze rings created in Ghana
Adinkra are small symbols from West Africa, originally created by the Gyaman people, in what is now the present day country of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in western Africa. The term Adinkra came from the legendary king of the Gyaman, Nani Kofi Adinkra, who wore clothes with colorful patterns made up of symbols with special meanings.
Adinkra are visual symbols with historical and philosophical significance originally printed on cloth which Asante royals wore to important ceremonies. Originating from the Asantes of Ghana, the symbols have assumed global importance and are now found on objects like furniture, sculpture, earthenware pots, casual wear and jewelry.
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