Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_16


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, rayon, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1960
95 × 160 cm
Object number: 2012.65.47
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.

In this flag, the company leader points to a scene evoking a very common Akan proverb: “The mudfish grow fat for the benefit of the crocodile.”

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