Price: $ 4,400.00
Colonial Asafo Fante Flag
Ghana. Circa 1930
Along the coastal region of Ghana, otherwise known as the Fante region, 24 independent states are ruled by chiefs and elders. Since the earliest days of Ghana's colonial period these sovereign tribes have governed and protected their interests and their people through a sophisticated community of Asafo 'companies'. The Asafo company is essentially a military unit of warring men who protect their respective village from the Ashanti kingdom and other adversaries. The Asafo Flag tradition was adopted during Ghana's colonial period and it continue to play an important role in Fante communities today. While belonging to the company and it's members, each flag is the unique artistic design and creation of the company captain. The flags are flown during special social occasions, path clearing festivals, the inauguration of a new shrine and often times, as a means of provoking the enemy. The graphics often include metaphors for power, invincibility, bravery, slavery, religion and strength. This example depicts a gray elephant ensnared in a trap.
Second quarter of the 20th century, circa 1930's / 1940's. Ghana. Colored cotton appliqué sewn onto cotton panel with hand cut fringe. Professionally backed, stretched and mounted.
Dimensions: 60 inches horizontal 38 inches vertical x 2 inches deep.
Condition notes: Minor soiling. Normal wear commensurate with age and use.
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