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Catalog Number 3777
Object Name Stamp, Adinkra Comb Shaped
Description six toothed comb shaped stamp for making parallel lines; accession register notes "name: Ahomansia,"; though other combs are made of wood, this one is made of bamboo which is cheaper and easier to carve; the teeth of the comb are wound with string to prevent the dye from dripping; Adinkra is the only African cloth printing tradition of pre-Colonial origin. It is one of the prestigious royal crafts produced in villages around the Asante capital Kumase, in this case being almost entirely confined to the village of Ntonso. According to Asante legend it was introduced in 1818 following the capture of a rival monarch by the name of Adinkra, who wore the cloth to express his sorrow on being taken to Kumase.
Culture Ashanti
Place of Origin Africa; Ghana; Ashanti; Ntonso
Dimensions H-21 W-3 cm