Asafo flag - ROM2016_14990_1

ROM2016_14990_1

Asafo flag

Maker: Kweku Kakanu, Saltpond Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: 1950-1975
Dimensions:
99 × 162 cm
Object number: 2012.65.17
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 powerful five-headed dragon represents the overwhelming strength of the company. It is usually associated with the saying: “Will you fly or will you vanish?”‒ suggesting there is no possible escape for the enemy.

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