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Ghanese Fante Asafo Flag, 1930-1950s

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Asafo flag “The train is always ready to go” in cotton applique patters. Trains were a dramatic expression of power, regularity and reliability and as such were a popular theme on Fante Asafo flags after the first railway was built in Ghana in 1901. This superb flag is a very well made and charming version, dating from circa 1930-1950, made for an unidentified Number 2 Company. Condition is excellent. Asafo Flags are created by the Fante People of Ghana. The flags are visual representations of military organizations in Fante communities known as “Asafo”. The communities each have their own flag, name and number. The primary role of the “Asafo” and their flags was to exert power, political influence and maintain codes of conduct within Fante communities.   

Details

  • Creator
    Fante People (Weaver)
  • Place of Origin
    Ghana
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930-1950s
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 40.16 in. x W 51.19 in. x D 0.2 in.H 102 cm x W 130 cm x D 5 mm
  • Seller Location
    Copenhagen K, DK
  • Reference Number
    LU1011216451351
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