Men's society flag (asafo frankaa)

African (Fante peoples)
mid-20th century


Object Place: Ghana

Dimensions

Overall: 91.4 x 154.9 cm (36 x 61 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2279

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd cotton, plain weave, embroidered and appliquéd

Not On View

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 purple and turquoise triangles and squares; pink and turquoise propeller-like object in center surrounded by two large black cats and two small blue salamanders; Union Jack flag appliquéd in upper right hand corner and “no 2” appliquéd in white on purple ground along center top.

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