Asafo flag - ROM2015_14943_1


Asafo flag

Maker: Baba Issah, Petubew-Asebo Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1970
106 × 151 cm
Object number: 2012.65.23
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.

This flag illustrates the proverb "The rainbow never fears the sun." The sun represents the rival and the rainbow, born from the Asafo Shrine posuban, represents the company.

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