This is a beautiful extra large Looking Back Pendant handcrafted in Ghana, W. Africa. The Pendant is a whopping 4 x 3 1/2″ .
Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that means “Go back and get it” (San – go back; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take). The Sankofa symbol is one of the more popular and recognizable of the Adinkra symbols. The symbol is illustrated two ways; 1) by a bird with its head turned backwards retrieving an egg on its back, or 2) as a stylish heart-shaped design.
The image of the mythological bird with its head looking backward is seen as a symbol of embracing one’s heritage or returning to a person’s roots. It reinforces the idea of community and family and using past experiences to help build a better future.
The process these metal smiths are using is the same as their ancestors… back then it was gold now it is any metal they can get their hands on!! If you would like to see the intricate process check out the blog here …