Asafo flag - ROM2016_14990_3

ROM2016_14990_3

Asafo flag

Maker: Kakanu (1910-1982), Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1940
Dimensions:
99 × 167 cm
Object number: 2012.65.3
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
Description

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.

Here, a fierce-looking crocodile dominates and controls a small pond of fish. In this situation there is no escape for the prey.

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