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Military Arts of the Fante

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Posuban (cement shrine) of No. 2 Company, built by Kwamina Amoaku in 1973. Kormantine, Fante, Ghana, 1974. Photo by Doran H. Ross.

As with the preceding shrines the figures in front represent Asafo elders. The central figure, a senior asafohen, wears an amulet-laden war shirt and a three-pronged whip, both symbols of his office. The leopards are one of the primary emblems of the company: “We are strong like leopards.” The three-headed dragon between the top two arches has the same meaning as the easier image in Screen 2 of this essay, “Will you fly, or will you vanish.” The cement cannons represent the “firepower” of the company (see Cole and Ross 1977: 188-190 for a more detailed discussion of this shrine).