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Ghanaian Artists, various

About the Artist

Ceremony  - A. O. Danso
SKU: Ghana-1

A. O. Danso - Accra, Ghana
c. 1990
Oil on canvas (35" h x 35"w)

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Asafo Flag Military Banner
SKU: asf-1

Cotton fabric applique (33"h x 60"w)


Na Woye - Vintage Ghanaian Movie Poster
SKU: BRW-2101

Mr. Brew, Ghana.  Video Movie poster.
c. 2000's
Acrylic paint on cotton flour sack (45" h x 41"w)


Lady Tarzan
SKU: BFW-2102

Mr. Brew, Ghana.  Video Movie poster.
c. 2000's
Acrylic paint on cotton flour sack (47 h x 42"w).


Vintage Adinkra Cloth from Ghana
SKU: ADK-2301

20th cent.
Adinkra-stamped cotton cloth (black on purple cloth) strips joined by hand stitched multicolored cotton bands.
(partial view of piece shown)
(137" l. x 84"w.)
From private collection, purchased at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.1972.

The Asante peoples of Ghana use adinkra to express the connection between the verbal and the visual in Akan culture. Adinkra symbols appear on wooden prestige objects, jewelry, brass weights and, most prominently, as two-dimensional stamped designs ornamenting cloth. Historically, adinkra was reserved for Asante kings. Over the years, however, its use has expanded to the general Akan population who wear adinkra cloth on significant occasions, the most important of which are funerals. 

Of the hundreds of adinkra signs and meanings that have been documented, the older symbols are most often linked to proverbs, folktales, folksongs and popular sayings. Newer designs are associated with more common themes, such as flora, fauna and everyday objects, or may demonstrate literacy of the alphabet through designs composed of letters in Roman script that spell out personal names or segments of proverbial expressions. Mastering the nuances of this graphic form of communication is usually only accomplished by well-trained artists and elders who, through study, are able to identify the names of many adinkra symbols, the proverbs associated with them and the situations best addressed through particular symbols.
(above notes from Smithsonian Museum of African Art)


SKU: asf-02

Cotton fabric applique (33"h x 60"w)

Asafo Militia flag from a No.1 Company depicting a chief holding an Akan sword standing beneath seven stars and a waning (inverted) crescent moon on a dark blue field that represents the night sky. Message: Strike when the opportunity is present or success will pass you by. Proverb: The stars are always shining over the town, but the moon is only a few days before it dies.

Exhibited at Free Library of Philadelphia Gallery, 2013, Published in Emblems of Power: Asafo Flags from Ghana by Mary Sue Rosen and Paul P Rosen, p. 94, fig. 104.


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Pres. Barack Obama doind the Adowa Dance
SKU: ASS-1301

Awal Sunil Shetty - Teshie, Ghana
c. 2009
Oil paint on flour sack (60" h x 40 1/2"w)


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