Asafo flag - ROM2016_15057_3


Asafo flag

Maker: Unidentified Artist and Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: 1925-1950
111 × 169.5 cm
Object number: 2012.65.19
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.

With wings fully outstretched, cannons in its talons and cannon balls in its beaks, this double-headed eagle graphically illustrates the power and might of the company.

If you see an error or have additional information, please contact us by clicking here.