FANTE ASAFO FLAG 4, Ghana

Photographs © Tim Hamill

FANTE, ASAFO FLAG 4, 41 x 60", $500, Ghana

Asofo = "war people". These appliqued patchwork banners combine the tradition of communication by proverb with military pomp and display. Flags would be created for the installation of a new captain of a local militia company and would be displayed at festivals and funerals. Each unique flag would either depict an historical event, identify the company with an animal or image of power, or depict a proverb to boast, taunt or threaten other companies. The British flag was used until 1957, since then the flag of Ghana is often substituted. The reverse side is appliqued with the same image, usually matching very closely, less so with lettering and parts of no. 14. Note the variety of interpretations of the British flag.

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