Asafo flag - ROM2015_14943_7


Asafo flag

Maker: Kwesi Mensah or Kobina Badowah, Kormantse Workshop
Medium:Cotton, applique, embroidery
Geography: Unidentified Company, Kojokran, Ghana
Date: c. 1980
111 × 168 cm
Object number: 2012.65.36
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 refers to the difficulty of making ducks move in a defined direction, highlighting the difficulty in leadership and consensus.

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