We now have these stunning batik beads, adorned with the West African Adinkra symbol, MPATAPO "knot of pacification/reconciliation"
This is the Adinkra symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification
Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute
to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking
Adinkra are ancient African visual symbols or motifs that date back to the Akan people in 19th century Ivory Coast and Ghana and express history, culture, beliefs and philosophy. While many symbols represent a proverb or piece of Akan wisdom, other symbols may depict historical events, customs, culture, the natural world or environment. (Not all symbols have a proverbial expression. Adinkra have historically been painted or printed onto cloth which was then worn during important sacred ceremonies including funerals, weddings, naming festivities and more. Contemporary use of Adinkra symbols has widened to use in jewelry, architecture and home decor.
Literal meaning: Reconciliation knot
Symbolic meaning: Reconciliation; Peacemaking
20mm wide by 20mm high (25mm is equal to one inch). These are the slightly smaller size than those pictured. They are approximately 3/4 inch square.
This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is popular for use in decoration.
These are ivory on ebony batik bone. You get a strand of 10 beads.