| Set 1) The roots of writing:
Ancient Africa is a rich source of pictographic and ideographic symbols. These symbols have a different meaning:
persons, animals and events
jurisdiction, common law, taboo, proverbial expressions
magical spells, blessings and consecrations
Besides that, they were simply used for decoration.
The "Roots of Writing" opens a window into a long lost world; from the prehistoric Saharan stone-carvings to the historical "Adinkra"-symbols of the "Akan" in Ghana.
1000 characters and symbols in 13 suits offer a fascinating summary of the early stages in the development of African symbols.
| Set 2) The classic
dealing mainly with the first African "syllabic" period (approx. 1830-1930)
Characteristic of these systems is the conjunction of one consonant and one vowel.
This set contains "Loma", "Bamum",, the famous "Vai" and others. Furthermore the Nsibidi-symbols of the secret society of the "Ekpe" in Nigeria are part of this set. Nsibidi is renown for its multiple aspects. It is applied to warfare, used in magic and storytelling.
This compilation of 14 suits is comprised of 1000 different symbols.
Set 3) Modern Pan-African:
UNESCO, having taken a major interest in the adaption of the
Roman alphabet to the African languages since the 1960's organised
an international meeting on the transcription and harmonisation
of African languages at Nyamey in 1978. One of the results was
the establishment of an "African Reference Alphabet",
following the "Africa script" in its preference for
new letters.Since the roman alphabet lacks sufficient charakters
to transcribe many languages, the most radical solution would
be to add new ones.
| Set 4) The Diaspora
Fonts of the Caribbean:
a striking example of African religious creativity despite enslavement under inhumane conditions. Nowadays many of these symbols are still used in their original context. The characters are usually chalked on the floor as a symbolic connection of the "real" and transcendental worlds. They function as a means of communication between humans and the Gods and ancestors in Africa.
500 characters in four suits.