Asafo flag - ROM2016_15057_11


Asafo flag

Maker: Kwaw Hannah, Denkyira Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Dentsir No. 2 Company, Lowtown, Saltpond, Ghana
Date: 1950-1975
88 × 156 cm
Object number: 2012.65.32
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.

In this flag, the ability to keep everything under control is further emphasized by the strings that the main figure holds in his hands. The cock, the clockbird (an indigenous cuckoo bird), and the clock all stress the metaphysical and organizational strength of the company.

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