Asafo flag - ROM2015_14943_5


Asafo flag

Maker: Kobina Badowah, Kormantse Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1980
96 × 172 cm
Object number: 2012.65.35
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 depicst the proverb "Only the lion can defeat the leopard." Or “The leopard ruled the forest until the lion came."

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