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.
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.