Adinkra brass pendant, with beautiful detail, from Ashanti in Ghana
symbold of unity and democracy
handmade in Ghana by local artisans using the ancient ‘lost wax’ method
52mm long, including the bail
4-5mm hole inside the bail
about 40mm wide
they aren’t an even gold colour but have some coppery patches too
dimensions are approximate and small variations is size and colour occur due to hand-crafting.
The design is funfuntu denkyemfunefu (siamese crocodiles) – a symbol of unity and democracy. It is a reminder that tribalism -( by extension, racism?) – and infighting is harmful to everyone. It comes from Ghana where such symbols are used to express traditional beliefs and philosophy, among others.