Gallery History

galleryhistory May the beauty and power, and the art and history you experience in this collection inspire you

I want to create with you a shared sense of greatness.

The TERA Gallery has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Over the years, I established my collection with great integrity. I have enjoyed sharing my passion with others who, as I do, recognize in each piece of art the inherent strength, humanity and dignity of the African people. I made many meaningful relationships with African traders, art dealers, art collectors, and museum and bookstore staff around the world. I am grateful to

those whose hard work and personal sacrifice, in-depth knowledge and expertise, or simple acts of kindness allowed me the opportunity to assemble these incredible works of art. To each person who communicated to me their appreciation for the intrinsic value of this art and their understanding of how it represents the genius of its people I am indebted.

TERA Gallery is proud to present to you this wonderful collection of art from Africa. These objects may challenge your stereotypes of Africa and its people, and may be incompatible with your understanding of art. What you have learned might preclude you from considering or appreciating the existence of the ?art? part of these wonderful objects. To understand the joy of the Gallery, one must accept that the problem is not the application of ?art? to African contexts, but rather a profound misunderstanding of what ?art? is.

I hope that a visit to TERA Gallery will redefine the art and people of Africa not as curious or primitive, superstitious or savage, but as highly developed with a profound sustainable spiritual consciousness. In homage to Piye, Lord of the Two Lands, I present this great collection. May the beauty and power, and the art and history you experience in this collection inspire you and alter the way you view the world of art.

Respectfully,

Thomas L. Atkins, Jr. Gallery Owner

Edwin Rodriguez, Esq., Gallery Advisor
Pascal Mendive, Artistic Director
Nilajah M. Nyasuma, Ph.D., Cultural Advisor
Carol Leutner, Attorney at Law, Artistic Consultant
Caroline E. Anderson, Anthropologist, Education Specialist
Jared Schwartz, Director, International Division
Dimitri Dizna, Technical Consultant
Jason Patterson, Artist, Gallery Associate
CaRes Patterson, Artist, Gallery Associate
Mateo Anderson-Phillips, Protege

People from Africa

All Subsaharan Countries:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea,
Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, West Africa,Yeman
Akwapem (Ghana)
Asante (Ghana)
Bamana (Mali)
Bamileke (Cameroon)
Bamum. (Cameroon)
Bangwa (Cameroon)
Baule (Cote d’Ivoire)
Bembe (Congo)
Boa (Zaire)
Bondoukou region (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Bozo (Mali)
Chamba (Nigeria)
Chokwe (Angola, Zaire)
Dan (Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire)
Dogon (Mali)
Edo, Benin Kingdom (Nigeria)
Ewe (Togo, Ghana)
Fang (Cameroon, Gabon)
Fante (Ghana)
Fon (Benin)
Fulani (Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon)
Gola (Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Guro (Cote d’Ivoire)
Gurunsi (Burkina Faso, Ghana)
Hemba (Zaire)
Hongwe (Gabon)
Ibibio (Nigeria)
Igala (Nigeria)
Igbo (Nigeria)
Ijo (Nigeria)
Inland Niger Delta region (Mali)
Kalabari (Nigeria)
Kissi (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea)
Kongo (Congo, Zaire, Angola)
Kuba, Bushoong Kingdom (Zaire)
Kugni (Congo)
Kwele (Congo)
Lega (Zaire)
Limba (Sierra Leone)
Lobi (Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Luba (Zaire)
Lulua (Zaire)
Makonde (Tanzania, Mozambique)
Mangbetu (Zaire)
Mano (Liberia)
Mbundu (Angola)
Mende (Sierra Leone)
Mossi (Burkina Faso)
Mumuye (Nigeria)
Nok style area (Nigeria)
Nupe (Nigeria)
Ogoni (Nigeria)
Pende (Zaire)
Senufo (Cote d’Ivoire, Mali)
Shankadi (Zaire)
Sherbro/Bullom (Sierra Leone)
Songo (Angola)
Suku (Zaire)
Tabwa (Zaire)
Temne (Sierra Leone)
Tiv (Nigeria)
Toma, also Loma (Liberia)
Vai (Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Vili (Congo)
Wan (Cote d’Ivoire)
We, also Guere (Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire)
Wurkun (Nigeria)
Yaka (Zaire)
Yombe (Congo)
Yoruba (Nigeria, Benin)

Societies:

Agbobo, Ashanti, Bamana, Bamileke, Bariba, Baule, Benoue, Bobo, Bozo, Dida, Djenne Djeno, Djerma, Dogon, Ewe, Fang, Fanti, Guro, Rurunsi, Hausa, Ibibio, Ibo, Igala, Ikenga, Kuba, Lobi, Lulua, Malinke, Mauritanian, Mossi, Nake, Ngonde, Nupe, Orobo, Senufo, Tagbana, Tuareg, Wolof, Yaure, Yoruba

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