Asafo flag - ROM2015_14943_13


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist, Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: No. 2 Company, Unidentified Location, Ghana
Date: c. 1980
125 × 148 cm
Object number: 2012.65.41
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.

This flag depicts the proverb: "You must be brave to go under a big tree." The 3 gongs are symbols of readiness for war.

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