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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 03 Feb 2005
The flag of the Asturian Language Academy flag is its logo in dark blue on a yellow background. This color pattern is an inversion of the Asturian regional flag; the logo is a stylized version of a so-called labarum, often found in local archeological sites.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 03 Feb 2005
Whitney Smith, in his magnum opus Flags through the Ages and Across the World, refers to the "labarum" of Constantine the Great. Is there an etymological connection between the late Latin and the modern Spanish usage of the word? There is certainly no connection in form from your description of what is known as a "labarum" in Asturias.
Andries Burger, 04 Feb 2005
The logo was taken from their website. I saw this flag design in several photos of conferences held by the Asturian Language Academy (perhaps all photos of the same conference, I don't known), where a yellow flag with this emblem was used as a hanging table cloth. Was it really a flag, or just a tablecloth? I presume the former as municipal flag was used in the same fashion side by side.
"Inversion" here is just my design observation,; it doesn't imply any antagonism between the two entities – actually the language academy is, although autonomous, some sort of offshoot of the regional government.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 09 Feb 2005