C19th Dutch Asafo Flag

$5,559.00

Superb and extremely rare nineteenth century Fante Asafo flag from No 4 Company, “Wombir”, Elmina.

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Description

ASF163 – Superb and extremely rare nineteenth century Fante Asafo flag from No 4 Company, “Wombir”, Elmina. A woman with a raised sword confronts a surprised man, illustrating the proverb “our women are ready for war.” This is an exceptionally finely sewn flag, with neat stitching outlining the two figures. There are a number of other flags that appear to be from the same company, No 4 Elmina, that share horizontal stripes in red, white and blue. See Adler & Barnard Asafo, 1982 page 89, and Kay Heymer Tanzende Bilder, 1993, numbers 1 to 5. It seems certain that this colour preference relates to the Dutch flag as the Dutch maintained a fort in Elmina until the 1870s and earlier fought alongside several Elmina Asafo companies against rival European powers. Dates from second half of the C19th. Condition: Has been mounted on a custom made stretcher, with patches on the reverse face prior to mounting.

Measurement: 58 inches x 44 ins, 148 cm x 112 cm

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)


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