Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_4

ROM2016_15012_4

Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist, Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1950
Dimensions:
101 × 165 cm
Object number: 2012.65.26
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.

Draughts, called damii in the Fante language, is a common game and a frequent motif on flags. As with other competitive games, draughts is a metaphor for war and suggests a company’s readiness to engage the enemy in a “war” draughts at any time.

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