Men's society flag (asafo frankaa)

African (Fante peoples)
mid-20th century


Object Place: Ghana

Dimensions

Overall: 109.9 x 152.4 cm (43 1/4 x 60 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2278

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd cotton, plain weave, embroidered and appliquéd

On View

Richard B. Carter Gallery (Gallery 171)

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Flag of white cotton ground and fringed edge appliquéd with yellow center bordered with alternating red and white squares; at left, an appliquéd figure of a man in yellow knickers with arms stretched out towards flying brown birds, a large red bird in center, and embroidered tree with blue birds at right; Union Jack flag appliquéd in upper right hand corner.

Provenance

Purchased in 1990-1991; 2004 Year-End Gift to the MFA, January 26, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Mary H. Kahlenberg and Robert T. Coffland