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A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Ghana

Necklace and bracelet c.1999

RCIN 94149

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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This gold necklace and bracelet are made up of Ashanti symbols called adinkra, which represent different concepts or proverbs. Several hundred symbols have been recorded and have been used among the Ashanti people since at least the early nineteenth century. Many are drawn from popular sayings and folklore. The characters feature heavily in decorative embellishment and are also printed on textiles using stamps made from dried calabash.

The symbols here include those for the supremacy of God (gye nyame), peace and harmony (bi nka bi), excellence and authority (nsaa), hope (nyame biribi wo soro), God’s presence and protection (nyame dua), the divinity of Mother Earth (asase ye dua), good fortune (mmusuyidee), and initiative (nkyinkyim).

It was presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the President of Ghana, November 1999.