Asafo flag - ROM2016_15103_1


Asafo flag

Maker: Kobena Badowah (1910-1998)
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Ankaful, Nkuskum State, Ghana
Date: before 1957
108 × 189 cm
Object number: 2009.39.5
Credit Line: 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, representing a procession of gong players, was likely produced before 1957, the year of Ghanaian independence, by the workshop of flag maker Kabena Badowah. It belonged to the company Kyiriem, n.3 of the Ankaful village of the Nkuskum state.

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