This very unusual tribute to African-womanhood
was derived from a woodcut and stamped in gold foil. The
various women come from very distinguished nations: Fulani, Khoi
San (Hottentot), Ife, Congo and Xhosa. The Ghanian Adinkra
symbol of the omnipotence of God, is found over the Fulani woman's
head; the symbol for greatness and supremacy is the background
cloth; and the symbol for imperishability is on the back of the
of the Congolese woman.
The ankh, which is the Egyptian symbol for
life and the union of the male-female principles, rests like a
staff in the hands of the Khoi San woman. From the headpieces
of the women at the extreme right and left, emerge decorated horns
reminiscent of Benin ivory carvings, that bring a sense of completeness
to the entire work.   The gold and black coloring adds a sense
of majesty to the figures, and sincerity to the commemoration.
This image is gold foil embossed