Asafo flag - ROM2015_14921_1


Asafo flag

Maker: Baba Issah, Petubew-Asebo Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Tuafo No. 1 Company, Winneba, Ghana
Date: c. 1950
106 × 147 cm
Object number: 2012.65.13
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 depicts the Aboakyer, an annual deer-hunting festival. During the festival, two rival companies compete to hunt a live antelope and be the first to deliver it to the chief.

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