This elegant and fun contemporary Fante Asafo flag from Ghana is a wonderful decorative art piece that tells of a distinct part of African Colonial history.
Size: 39 x 60"
Stitching: hand stitched
Material: cotton applique
Canton: United Kingdom
Proverb: 'If it were only the tortoise and the snail, the gun would not be fired in the forest.'
*This particular flag is a more recently made flag (90'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 culture continues to this day with regular festivals.