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Masks by Tim Hamill

Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a 7000 sq. ft. exhibition space showing ever changing displays from 160 major peoples, giving a balanced view of subjects, styles and techniques used for centuries in Africa. Works include masks, figures, artifacts, textiles, jewelry, books and posters giving an idea of the visual impact and spiritual power of tribal art. Every three months special exhibitions highlight one tribe or theme.

Entire photography by Tim Hamill

Sunday, 14.03.2010
14:15 (Cet)

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A note from Tim Hamill about his gallery and collections

Most of the work is carved of wood; many include additions of cloth, raffia, metal, feathers, leather, nails, pigment, oil, beads or sacrificial offerings. Many of the masks have lost their raffia and costumes and one should realize that they were never intended to be static objects, but were endowed with rhythm, spirit and magic through the use of music, dance, drama and speech. Metal pieces, such as the weapons (ceremonial or actual) and currency survive longer than wood in the tropics. Most of the wooden pieces are 10-50 years old.

I collect African Art because of its power, beauty, magic and craftsmanship. My viewpoint is as an artist, not as an anthropologist. I choose pieces based on formal visual criteria, some knowledge of the tribal traditions, how well I feel the piece succeeds in what it attempts and whether the work gives me an inner sense of satisfaction, pleasure and mystery. It is certainly not necessary to fully understand African art to enjoy it with a sense of wonder and awe.

Hamill Gallery of African Art, BostonTraditional peoples represented include the Adan, Aduma, Afikpo, Afo, Agni, Aja, Akan, Arua, Asante, Attie, Baga, Bakom, Bakongo, Bakota, Bali, Bamana, , Bamileke, Bamun, Bangwa, Bantu, Bassa, Bateke, Baule, Bembe, Benalua, Benin, Bidjogo, Boa, Bobo, Boki, Bongo, Bozo, Bura, Bwa, Chamba, Chokwe, Dan, Dida, Dinka, Djenne, Dogon, Ejagham, Eket, Ekoi, Ethiopian, Ewe, Fali, Fang, Fante, Fon, Fulani, Gan, Gogo, Grebo, Guere, Guro, Gurunsi, Hausa, Hehe, Hemba, Holo, Ibibio, Idoma, Ife, Igbo, Ijo, Ishan, Jimini, Jukun, Kamba, Katsina, Kirdi, Koma, Komo, Konso, Koro, Kotoko, Kuba, Kulango, Kurumba, Kwele, Lega, Lengola, Lobi, Losso, Luba, Lwalwa, Maasai, Mahongwe, Makonde, Mama, Mambila, Matacom, Mbaka, Mbandi, Mbete, Mbole, Mbuti Pygmy, Mbete, Mende, Moba, Mossi, Mumuye, Nafana, Nalu, Namji, Ndacka, Ndebele, Ngata, Nok, Nununa, Nupe, Oron, Pende, Pere, Punu, Pygmy, Salampasu, Sango, Senufo, Shi, Sokoto, Songye, Suku, Sukuma, Tabwa, Temne, Tenenkun, Tikar, Tiv, Toma, Tonga, Toussian, Tsogo, Tuareg, Turkana, Urhobo, Vigango, We, Wurkun, Yaka, Yangere, Yaure, Yombe, Yoruba and Zoromo.

Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art
2164 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02119

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