Friday, 16 September 2011

Asafo Company Banner–over 5 metres long


Superb and dramatic Asafo company banner, made for the Number 2 Company in the village of Otuamkesi. The style suggests the banner was made around mid C20th, probably in a workshop in the village of Saltpond or Kromantse.  Depicts dramatic battle scenes of decapitation and mutilation as a warning to the enemies of the Company.

These long banners are very rare - this is only the second I have collected. They were made as a public demonstration of prosperity by a wealthy Company, and the longest examples were many times larger than this. Condition is good, with minor losses to the border and two places where small tears have been sewn up.  Details and more Asafo flags in our gallery here

1 comment:

  1. A banner is a flag or other piece of cloth bearing a symbol, logo, slogan or other message. I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice banner