Sankofa II

Image for Sankofa II
Created by
Phillips, James, American, born 1945
Subject of
AfriCOBRA, founded 1968
acrylic paint on canvas
H x W: 90 × 60 in. (228.6 × 152.4 cm)
Diameter (Rolled): 29 1/8 in. (74 cm)
acrylic paintings
An acrylic painting on canvas incorporating Adinkra symbols in colorful swirls and patterns. The primary colors incorporated in the design are base colors of tan, peach and sky blue, with symbols in maroon, green, light blue, yellow, white, orange and purple. Throughout the canvas, preparatory drawing lines and shapes are visible, possibly in charcoal or graphite. The painting is unstretched, with sleeves on both ends through which a dowel can be placed. The patterns and motifs used throughout the painting reflect the AfriCOBRA style or tradition. The canvas is signed by the artist at the lower left corner.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© James Phillips. Permission required for use.
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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