Asafo means “war people” or warriors, and even the most apparently innocuous Asafo flag design carries a subtext of military rivalry and violence that this dramatic C19th flag makes explicit. A victorious warrior is serenaded by a trumpeter as he raises aloft his gun and the severed head of a defeated enemy, while two more men surrender. Rare portrait format with a highly simplified British flag in the upper corner. These rare early flags mostly have a distinct aesthetic that distinguishes them from the better known and more elaborate flags of the first half of the twentieth century. A yet there are relatively few in museum collections or the published literature. Nineteenth century Asafo flags such as this are extremely rare and almost always found in worn and damaged condition. This one has been restored and mounted on a custom made stretcher, with patches on the reverse face prior to mounting.
Measurement: 25 inches x 53 ins, 64 cm x 135 cm
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