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Military Arts of the Fante

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Sculptural detail from posuban, No. 2 Company, Gomoa Legu, Fante, Ghana, 1976. Photo by Doran H. Ross.

Lions are emblems of this company, while leopards represent their rival. The maxim here argues that “A dead lion is greater than a living leopard.” In other words No. 2 Company at its worst is stronger than No. 1 Company at its best. The vine lining the arch depicts brebia, which may be found ascending many of Ghana's trees. Here No. 2 Company identifies with the vine and brags that “Brebia can climb the tallest tree.”