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Military Arts of the Fante

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

GhanaFante artist

Kobina Badowah, No. 2 Company, Kormantine

ca. 1970

Frankaa (Asafo flag)

Cotton cloth, appliqué

H. 113 cm (44 1/2")

Fowler Museum at UCLA, anonymous gift, X86.1970

No. 2 Company, Kormantine, is represented here by the two armed soldiers led by an Asafo captain (with the whip); their rivals are the armed vultures. The flag's inscription reads simply, “The enemies we face are vultures.” The design in the lower right of the block of text is the top half of the Union Jack executed in the Ghanaian national colors, a telling gesture of appropriation.