Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_1

ROM2016_15012_1

Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: 1925-1950
Dimensions:
93 × 146 cm
Object number: 2012.65.12
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.

Whether small biplanes or larger more modern aircrafts, planes are a favourite asafo motif. They salute the ability of the owners of the flag to go anywhere without any constraints.

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