Asafo flag - ROM2016_14990_11


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: 1925-1950
102 × 172 cm
Object number: 2012.65.30
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 a priest in front of a church. It is not clear what the specific meaning of this flag may be. Yet it does illustrate the multiple allegiances common for many asafo leaders who are often also respected elders in their congregations and proud of their various forms of community involvement.

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