Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_12


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: 1925–1950
122 × 189.5 cm
Object number: 2012.65.21
Credit Line: Federico Carmignani Asafo Collection; This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view

Warfare is not something that takes place only in the battlefield. For the asafo companies of western Ghana, competition among groups took as much an aesthetic as a military form. These military companies use flags to represent, in vivid and graphic ways, the values and ethos of the group.

The first railway from Secondi to Tarkwa opened in 1901 and continued on to the gold-mining town of Obuasi in 1902, then on to Kumasi in 1903. Other rail lines followed elsewhere in Ghana. Although the railway system is currently in serious decline, the train itself remains a symbol of strength and invincibility.

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