Adinkra Ashanti Symbol Chains

Adinkra Ashanti Symbol Chains



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 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 symbols express various themes that relate to the history and beliefs of the Asante, and usually have a rich proverbial meaning since proverbs play an important role in their culture.

Designs were originally made by cutting a pattern in a calabash gourd, and then stamping the print on a piece of colorful fabric. The deep brown ink originally used, adinkra aduru, is created by boiling the bark of the Badie tree with scraps of iron.

Adinkra symbols continue to evolve to this day depicting historical events.


Gye Nyame

“Except for God”


Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of the Supremacy of God

This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people.



“Ram’s Horns”


Symbol of humility together with Strength

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.



 “Wooden Comb”


Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Beauty and Cleanliness; Symbols of desirable feminine qualities

The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene.

In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.



"Learning from the Past"


Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is learning from past in order to build in future. This is one of other Sankofa Symbols.




“Siamese crocodiles”


Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Democracy and Unity

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food.
This popular symbol is a reminder that infighting and tribalism are harmful to all who engage in it.


Stainless Steel Pendants on 18 in chain


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