ABËTËI: MODERN GADANGME EMBLEMS
Monograph by Ishmael | PAPERPACK | 124 pages | £9.97 ($12.30)
The Abëtëi are original, modern emblems created by Ishmael Annobil in response to the baffling disappearance of the ancient Kpamo Emblems of the GaDangme people of Accra, Ghana. Known traditionally as ancient embodiments of GaDangme philosophy, cosmology and oratorical lore, the Kpamo emblems once adorned shrines, canoes and gateways of Old Accra, till their virtual extinction by the late 70’s. These refined and eloquent ‘successor’ emblems, and their associated proverbs, count among Annobil’s finest poetic and artistic achievements.