FANTE ASAFO FLAGS ARCHIVES 2 (21-42), Ghana

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The flags below have all been SOLD and are left here for reference and educational purposes.
For UNSOLD Asafo Flags please go to: FANTE ASAFO FLAGS 3

  

FANTE
Asafo Flag 23
32 x 58"
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 24
38 x 46"
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 25
37" x 56"
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 28
35 x 58"
SOLD

FANTE
Asafo Flag 29
36 x 59"
SOLD

 FANT E
Asafo Flag 31
34 x 53"
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 33
35 x 57"
SOLD

  

FANTE,
Asafo Flag 41
36 x 60"
SOLD

 

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 40
36 x 63"
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 21
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 22
SOLD

FANTE
Asafo Flag 32
SOLD

  

FANTE
Asafo Flag 26
SOLD

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 30
SOLD

FANTE
Asafo Flag 35
SOLD



 FANTE
Asafo Flag 36
SOLD
 

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 37
SOLD

  

FANTE
Asafo Flag 38
SOLD
  

 

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 42
SOLD

 

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 27
SOLD

 

 FANTE
Asafo Flag 39
SOLD

 For a wonderful article concerning Asafo Flags published in
AFRICAN ARTS Magazine, Winter 2002
please click on the link below:

ASAFO FLAGS

Photographs © Tim Hamill

FANTE, ASAFO FLAGS 2, Ghana

Despite their appearance most of these flags show no real evidence of age or use and could have been made to be sold.

Among the Fante people of coastal Ghana military companies known as Asafo, began in the past as groups to which men and in some instances women could belong. Most Fante coastal towns had at least one company and larger towns up to ten or fourteen leading to rivalries and conflicts. These companies were politically engaged in the selection of chiefs and identified religiously to their particular military shrine (pousban) that served as a gathering place and centers of activity for these Asafo companies. Each local company is identified by a particular name and number and through a set of symbols displayed prominently on their flags. Commenting upon Asafo flags (frankaa) in the late 17th century Europeans noted the distinct imagery of the flags. These motifs served to identify the Asafo company by giving visual form to the creed by which it wished to be known. Verbal proverbs are given imaginative visual forms by different colored cutout figures appliquéd upon cotton square approximately a meter by a meter and a half in size onto cotton cloth that was generally produced in European weaving mills. The edges were often cut to produce a serrated edge that was decorative and lively. Asafo flags have a rough system that can be used to define the date of origin with the British ensign often featured on flags before Ghana achieved independence in 1957. Therefore Asafo flags with the Ghanaian ensign in one of the corners indicate that the flag was put together post-independence and thereby after 1957.

---Dan Mato, Professor Emeritus of Art History, The University of Calgary

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