David Mawunya Charway captures the majesty and excitement of the West African durbar. Such festive receptions are given by kings for their subjects. The chiefs mingle with the people who pledge him their loyalty. Distinguished by color and movement, the painting shows four adinkra symbols in the foreground. Adinkra originates from the Akan language of Ghana's Ashanti people and refers to printed symbols bearing traditional messages. These were used for writing and communication before the introduction of the English alphabet.