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Charming Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1950's

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Charming Fante Asafo Flag from Ghana - 1950's

$900.00

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.

Size: 38 x 40"

Stitching:  hand stitched/embroidery

Material: cotton applique/cutout

Canton: United Kingdom

Proverb: Fish grow fat for the benefit of the crocodile (who rules the river)

age: 1940's or 50's

workshop: Saltpond

Artist: unknown

Condition: light staining and dye running commensurate with age. No holes!

*This particular flag is a pre-independence Asafo flag likely dating to about the 50's and is an exhibited flag from the collection of Ray Hughes, a notable Australian gallerist and curator.  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.