Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_6


Asafo flag

Maker: Kweku Kakanu (1910-1982), Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Krofu Company, Krofu, Ghana
Date: 1925-1950
100 × 162 cm
Object number: 2012.65.6
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.

The asafo griffon is often depicted with a lion’s head and the beak and wings of an eagle. Its strength and ability to move in all directions let him dominate other animals.

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