This elegant and fun post-independence Fante Asafo flag from Ghana is a wonderful decorative art piece that tells of a distinct part of African Colonial history.
Size: 39 x 53"
Stitching: machine and hand stitching
Material: cotton applique
Proverb: 'It boils but does not burn'
Condition: stains and wear commensurate with age and use.
*This particular flag dates to about the 60's or 70's and is a published and exhibited flag from the collection of Paul Rosen.
*published in Emblems of Power: Asafo Flags from Ghana by Paul and Mary Sue Rosen!
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 Asafo culture continues to this day with regular festivals.