Asafo flag - ROM2016_15057_13


Asafo flag

Maker: Nana McCarty, Anomabo Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Krofu Company, Ghana
Date: c. 1940
93 × 135 cm
Object number: 2012.65.46
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.

The men in this flag are setting up a large trap ‒ suggesting the cunningness of the company, who will not let the enemies or predators move freely in their territory.

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