JUST BEAD IT!

March 29 - April 17 and

May 22 - June 21,  2014


In many parts of tribal Africa, objects that were especially valued were often embellished with a vibrantly colored surface of small beads. The labor intensive work needed to create such beautiful pieces reflected the importance of the object to that culture. That care is usually quite evident and was an important part of the art from several peoples, especially the Yoruba, Kuba, Bamileke and Ndebele with smaller groupings from the Fali, Dinka, Kirdi, Lele, Fulani and Maasai.

Although some of the objects in this exhibit have been vetted as authentic, meaning that they have seen tribal use, many have not. Each has been clearly identified as to which category it belongs to. In case of doubt, our default assumption is that the object was made to be sold.

We show and sell reproductions of traditional tribal forms because we feel that limited access to discretionary funds should not prevent those who delight in these sculptures from acquiring a version thereof, even one made for the market. (After all, very few of us who hung poster versions of Guernica in our university dorm rooms could have afforded --- at the time or even now --- a genuine Picasso.)

The more these wonderful forms can be seen, appreciated and shown to those as yet unfamiliar with the aesthetic power of traditional tribal art forms, the better ... and that means accessibility outside of museums and galleries.

We hope you agree.


Below are some installation photos followed by links to the individual pieces.

         

               

Photographs © Hamill Gallery


OF SPECIAL INTEREST

FON
Fetish 37

DINKA
Vest 2


 

Yoruba
Divination Object 1


AUTHENTIC OBJECTS:
Tribal use and age

 

Yoruba
Beaded
Crowns

Yoruba
Beaded
Crowns

 

Yoruba
Beaded
Object 62

 

Yoruba
Beaded
Crowns




YORUBA
Ifa Diviner's
Panels



YORUBA
Dance
Skirt 1



YORUBA
Beaded Diviner's
Bags

BAMILEKE
Elephant
Mask 1

 

BAMILEKE
Elephant
Mask 20

BAMILEKE
Elephant
Mask 21

KUBA
Drum
10



KUBA
Hat 5

KAMBA
Beaded Apron 6

LELE
Masks


 NDEBELE
Beaded Aprons

FULANI
Necklaces

 NDEBELE
Beaded Aprons




FALI
Ritual Dolls

FULANI
Aprons

DOGON
Peul Masks



YORUBA
Divination Necklaces

YORUBA
Dance Skirt 2

YORUBA
Beaded Bell

 BAMILEKE
Object 4

 BAMILEKE
Object 6

BAMILEKE
Object 23

BAMILEKE
Object 18




BAMILEKE
Object 21



BAMILEKE
Object 22

BAMILEKE
Bushcow Headdress 6

TRADITIONAL FORMS:
Objects made for the art market

KUBA
Mwaash A
Mboy Masks

KUBA
Bwoom
Masks



KUBA Ngaady
A Mwaaash
Masks
2



YORUBA
Beaded
Sheaths


KUBA
Collar
2

YORUBA
Beaded
Staffs



YORUBA
Beaded Diviner's
Bags



YORUBA
Beaded
Figure 31

BALI
Elephant Mask 11

YORUBA
Beaded Object 32

YORUBA
Divination Necklaces

YORUBA
Beaded Flywhisk 1


TURKANA
Beaded
Belt


KIRDI
Beaded Aprons

MAASAI
Capes

LUBA
Diviner's Headdress 1




YORUBA
Wall of Sashes



YORUBA
Beaded Sashes 2



YORUBA

Beaded Sashes


YORUBA
Beaded Vests



KUBA
Beaded Belts 14 -24


BAMILEKE
Figure 6

KUBA
Beaded Belts 1-13

MAASAI
Gourds


YORUBA
Beaded Containers




KUBA
Headbands




PENDE
Misango Crowns




KUBA
Wristbands

YORUBA
Beaded Bracelets


CURIOSITIES


Beaded
Figure 1

WURKUN?
Object 4


DECORATIVE


 

Beaded
Object 1



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