Charles James, 1936
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Anansi, the Spider God" by Bethany Minervino
"Anansi, the trickster, features in popular mythology across western Africa. His stories are believed to have originated with the Ashanti people of Ghana. Stories of Anansi became such a prominent and familiar part of Ashanti oral culture that the word Anansesem — "spider tales" — came to embrace all kinds of fables. And, according to legend, Anansi himself owns all of these stories, having bought them from the sky-god, Nyame."