Asafo flag - ROM2016_15057_1


Asafo flag

Maker: Kwesi Budu, Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1950
96 × 167 cm
Object number: 2012.65.9
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.

Fishing metaphors are also a very common motif. The fish cannot escape the net of the fisherman ‒ just like the enemies will not be able to avoid their fateful destiny when confronting the company.

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