- Label Text
- Adinkra cloth patterns are produced by first drawing with dark iron rich ink the border and cross lines with a tool resembling a comb, creating a grid of rectangular fields. In each rectangle and along the borders of the grid, the artist stamped a single symbol or group of symbols. Stamps were made of dried gourd, cut and shaped to produce the desired symbol. This pattern has the name "gye nyame," or "except from God." It is a symbol of the controlling power and eternal nature of God.
- Historically Asante royalty wore adinkra as large white and maroon wrappers only during periods of mourning. Though still worn in times of grief, adinkra cloths recently have become increasingly fashionable and are made with an increasing number of symbols stamped on a variety of colored cloths for a widening number of festivites.
- Ovoid adinkra stamp with "swoosh"-like lines at the top and bottom, and a straight line across the center with two vertical lines and two rounded areas at each end. "Gye Nyame" (Except God).
- Roy and Brigitta Mitchell, Washington, D.C., -- to 2010
- Exhibition History
- Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Akan artist
- Late 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of the Roy and Brigitta Mitchell Collection
- Gourd, plant fiber or wood, cloth, cord
- H x W x D: 6 x 7.7 x 11.9 cm (2 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 4 11/16 in.)