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Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

Asafo flags strung from the shrine of Dentsifo No.2 Company Gomoa Dago on the second day of the 2014 Akwambo festival. Asafo flags strung from the shrine of Dentsifo No.2 Company Gomoa Dago on the second day of the 2014 Akwambo festival.

'Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana' was the title of an exhibition in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that was opened on 3rd September 2016. It showed flags that served as insignia for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Ghana.

Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today, they act as the vibrant core of local communities. See also the TRC Needles entries on Asanto appliqués and an Elmina / Dutch Asanto flag.

Website of the exhibition.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 16th July 2016).

 

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