Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Abosodee (sword ornament), Ejisu, AsanteGhana, 1976. Photo by Doran H. Ross.

This ornament represents a bird with a cannon on each wing and a keg of gunpowder in its beak and on its back and tail feathers. The name of the ornament simply describes its configuration and this preaeronautical “fighter bomber” is a symbol of the military might of Ejisu. The body of the bird is depicted as a square knot, called the “wisdom knot” by the Asante, another reference to chiefly qualities.