Africa, Ghana, ca. 20th century CE. The Asafo or "war people" have traditionally created patchwork flags or banners that visually represent a proverb. Displayed at ceremonial parades by the No. 7 Company, this flag represents the proverb, "It boils but it doesn’t burn." The imagery features a member of the No. 7 Company who has his left hand in a boiling pot that symbolizes a rival Company. With this image, the No. 7 Company taunts the rival Company by essentially saying, "You may be tough but you cannot hurt us." Made of colorful cotton fabrics, the textile features hand sewn figures with embroidered details against a tawny orange ground with the Ghanian flag in the upper right and "No 7" in the lower left - all trimmed in a patchwork of colorful rectangular pieces and a fringed border. Size: 52" W x 38" H (132.1 cm x 96.5 cm)
Traditionally, prior to 1957, the canton represented the British flag, but after 1957 when Ghana became an independent nation, the canton usually represented the Ghana national flag.
Exhibited at the Free Library Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Published in "Emblems of Power, Asafo Flags from Ghana" by Mary S. and Paul P. Rosen, 2014, Fig 71. on p. 78.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, Exhibited at Free Library Gallery, Philadelphia. Published in -Emblems of Power, Asafo Flags from Ghana- by Mary S. and Paul P. Rosen, 2014 Fig 71. on p. 78.
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