Asafo flag - ROM2016_15012_24

ROM2016_15012_24

Asafo flag

Maker: Kwamina Amoaku, Anomabo Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: No. 2 Company, Petebew, Ghana
Date: 1970-1990
Dimensions:
109 × 163 cm
Object number: 2012.65.42
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.

This intimidating dragon is associated with the saying “There are a lot of animals that can fly, but the dragon is invincible.”

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