Drawing for flag’s decorative field - ROM2016_14992_40


Drawing for flag’s decorative field

Maker: Baba Isaah, Swedru workshop
Geography: Ghana
Date: date unknown
43.5 × 68.5 cm
Object number: 2012.65.76
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

When interacting with their customers, asafo flagmakers may create drawings that illustrate the narrative requested by a specific company. They use these to map out the decorative field of a flag.

Asafo companies often associate their power in battle to hunting prowess. In this drawing, Baba Isaah depicts a large and fierce animal being captured by the members of a company. Tied with several ropes, the animal is trapped despite its size and strength.

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