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. This particular piece from No. 7 company shows a double headed dragon. Heraldic figures and mythical beasts are often used in Asafo flags as displays of company power.
Size: 36 x 54"
Stitching: hand stitched
Material: cotton applique/silk?
Canton: United Kingdom
age: 1920's or 30's
Condition: holes and staining commensurate with age.
*This particular flag is a pre-independence Asafo flag likely dating from the 20's or 30's and is an exhibited flag from the collection of Ray Hughes. 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.History:
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.