This excellent pre-independence Fante Asafo flag from Ghana is a true treasure. A wonderful, highly collectible, decorative art piece that tells of a distinct part of African Colonial history.
Size: 38 x 40"
Stitching: hand stitched/embroidery
Material: cotton applique/cutout
Canton: United Kingdom
Proverb: Fish grow fat for the benefit of the crocodile (who rules the river)
age: 1940's or 50's
Condition: light staining and dye running commensurate with age. No holes!
*This particular flag is a pre-independence Asafo flag likely dating to about the 50's and is an exhibited flag from the collection of Ray Hughes, a notable Australian gallerist and curator. Flags of this age and kind are increasingly rare to find. Many ones of a similar age have been fetching upwards of 10k at auction as less and less come to market and more and more end up in Museum collections.
Asafo flags derive from the militia groups of the Akan people of Ghana; many of whom lived along the coast and traded with Europeans for cloth. Lacking organised military at the time the Fante peoples organised into Asafo ( Sa meaning War and Fo meaning people) units that protected local interests. The Fante culture continues to this day with regular festivals.