Asafo flag - ROM2015_14959_7


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, wool felt, rayon, applique, embroidery
Geography: Ankobea No. 1 Company, Elmina, Ghana
Date: c. 1920
92 × 136 cm
Object number: 2012.65.37
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.

This flag depicts the proverb "You say you are a man, but I have weighed your load and you are weak."

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