Photographs © Tim Hamill
FANTE, ASAFO FLAG 21,
37 x 71", $1000
This flag shows significant wear and damage; black areas in the photograph represent holes in the flag. The flag has applique work on both sides.
Asofo means"war people".
These appliqued patchwork banners combine the tradition of communication by proverb with military pomp and display. Flags were created for the installation of a new captain of a local militia company and would be displayed at festivals and funerals. Each unique flag depicted an historical event, or identified the company with an animal or image of power, or depicted a proverb to boast, taunt or threaten other companies. The reverse side is appliqued with the same image, although the stiching is often less carefully done.
The British flag (note the variety of interpretations) was used as part of the design until 1957. Since independence, the flag of Ghana is often substituted.
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