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Minamalist Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1970's/80's
Minamalist Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1970's/80's
Minamalist Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1970's/80's

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Minamalist Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1970's/80's

$950.00

This excellent post-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: 40 x 68"

Stitching:  hand stitched/embroidery

Material: cotton applique

Canton: United Kingdom

Proverb: Listen (?)

age: 1970's or 80's

Company: No. 3

Condition: light staining, small holes commensurate with age.

*This particular flag is a post-independence Asafo flag likely dating from the 70's or 80's. *This is a genuine No. 3 company flag: No. 3 company was known to retain the Union Jack canton after independence.  Hence, this is not a contemporary tourist flag.  Flags of this age and kind are increasingly rare to find.  Many older 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.