African Art

Asafo Flag

late 19th century

Imported cotton, dye, and thread

flag panel: 33 1/2 × 49 × 1/8 in. (85.1 × 124.5 × 0.3 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2021.32.1
Geography: 
Elmina, Ghana
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Fante
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Commissioned by the No. 4 Elmina Company, Elmina, Ghana, late 19th century[see note 1]; sold to Kwasi Adu-Agyei, Accra, Ghana, 2017; sold to Duncan Clarke (Alfie’s Antiques Market), London, 2017; sold through Emilie Irving (Xenomania), New York, to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2021

Note 1: This flag was produced for the Asafo military company (No. 4 Elmina) in the late nineteenth century and sold directly by officials of that company. When company officials decide to sell a group of old flags they will commission replacements at the same time. In this case the flag was part of a group of about ten, most of which were in very poor condition. (email from Duncan Clarke to the Gallery, May 11, 2021, curatorial object file)

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.