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Military Arts of the Fante

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Sculptural detail from posuban, No. 2 Company, Kormantine, Fante, Ghana, 1974. Photo by Doran H. Ross.


An equestrian figure in Asafo imagery always elicits the same highly conventionalized phrase. “If the horse is mad [crazy], the rider is not also mad.” This expression places a premium on the wisdom and ability of Asafo leadership and is one of the most frequently depicted motifs in Asafo arts.