Akan male chieftains and the pyramid breastplate
Here is a curious fact -
one of the significant pieces of regalia which adorn Akan chiefs from
all the Akan groups (Akwamu, Akwapim, Akyem, Asante, Denkyira, Fante,
Kwahu etc) is the gold pyramid breastplate. As one can read about in
the articles "Mathematics embedded in Akan weaving patterns", the triangle and the
pyramid are important symbols in Akan art.
Below I show three
photos of Akan chieftains from different Akan groups who wear this
pyramid breastplate. In the second photo, the pyramid is actually a
step-tetrahedron. The pyramid is an archetypical symbol representing
the fire element. It is an important symbol used by the beings from the
Sirius star system. It can be used in the physical world as well as in
In Akan "Adinkra"
symbology, the pyramid is known by its Akan name, "sumpie". In 2
dimensions, it is represented with triangular numbers which make up a
triangle. In 3-dimensions, it is reprensented as a step pyramid.
The pyramids shown in the photos are all made of gold.
(Source: Images obtained from the internet)