Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art


The actual gallery in Roxbury (part of Boston) is now closed.  We continue to exist online and are working to keep our website inventory updated.

The gallery (open from 1990 - 2019) devoted16,000 square feet to a large collection of traditional African art. Our exhibition space was divided between two floors with an additional two floors required to accommodate an inventory of about 40,000 objects. About half of these are on the website. 

Photographs of some old exhibitions give some idea of the main gallery space on the second floor.




At ground level, our textile, currency and jewelry display areas shares space with the photography, website graphics and shipping functions.




A separate reading room houses our extensive library where visitors may peruse display copies of hundreds of books and periodicals some of which are also available for purchase.



The gallery staff included Tim Hamill, Bobbi Hamill


and Matt Mrachek



our Director of Security, Gnash Hamill, with his assistant, Pepper Mrachek.


Outside the gallery over 70 major exhibits have been arranged for New England museums and college or school galleries, and we have cooperated with numerous other galleries, community events, fund-raisers and educational projects. For a listing see: Gallery History.

Traditional African artworks are often not well understood. They all served a nonartistic function, to preserve and convey beliefs and values. The masks were part of full costumes and were used with music and dance in rituals for social control, education, status or entertainment. The figures depicted ancestors or spirits, and were venerated and received offerings in exchange for protection and well being. Answers to difficult questions about use and function can usually be found in our extensive reading room/bookstore. The sculptural power and artistic skill, however, are immediately evident


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