Yellow Crossed Keys Flag

ASF197 – “The Asafo Company holds the key to the town.” Two company members hold crossed keys on a vibrant saffron yellow ground in this fine vintage Asafo flag dating from circa 1920-1940.

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ASF197 – “The Asafo Company holds the key to the town.” Two company members hold crossed keys on a vibrant saffron yellow ground in this fine vintage Asafo flag dating from circa 1920-1940. Keys were a popular motif on both Asafo flags and the company posuban shrines, serving as a multivalent symbol of power. Forni and Ross note that two crossed keys featured on Portuguese state arms and may have entered Fante iconography from the time of Portuguese settlement on the Gold Coast in the 1470s.  The yellow ground cloth is  damask patterned with both zigzgag lines and what appear be cowrie shells in small baskets, suggesting it was designed specifically for the West African market early in the twentieth century.  Condition is excellent.

Measurement: 54 inches x 39 ins, 138 cm x 100 cm

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