Men's society flag (asafo frankaa)

African (Fante peoples)
mid-20th century

Object Place: Ghana


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd cotton, plain weave, embroidered and appliquéd

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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