About Fine Tribal
FINE TRIBAL GALLERIES
UK - Dr Stephen M Thanni Bsc Msc Phd
AFRICA - Mr Osman Moro
Fine Tribal Gallery offers the most authentic and original tribally used masks and carvings from the remotest of villages throughout West and Central Africa. We also offer Oceanic tribal art from 'Private Collections' including some incredible 'Sepik river' pieces donated to help raise funds for our aid work.
Our team is comprised of highly experienced Tribal Art collectors with eclectic personal collections spanning decades. Our extensive network covers countries from Mali to the Congo, and consists of prominent villagers, local chiefs and other collectors. Thus, we are in an ideal position to offer the highest quality authentic tribal antiques to suit both the occasional buyer and the most discerning of collectors.
Our aim is to help support orphanages and villages we run and love in West Africa through the sale of African tribally used Art. This effort is spearheaded by Dr Steve Thanni, one of the founders, who has dedicated himself to this task.
In 2011, we opened Fine Tribal Gallery Ltd company in the UK’s Lincoln Cultural Quarter, adjacent to the famous ‘Collection’ Museum. Our aim was to bring our precious tribal pieces to a wider audience, and to conduct exhibitions and shows highlighting the varied spiritual aspects of Tribal Art. Initially, we were working with one of the most influential dealers in Paris, which prompted our pieces to be visually accessible to other collectors in our shared gallery in the prestigious 'Rue des beaux arts'.
From 2011 until 2013, we worked with WaterAid and SOS in Mali, helping deliver food, supplies and clean water to many desperate villages. Around fifteen thousand children die each year in Mali from diseases caused by drinking unclean water! Our aim was and remains to lower that number as much as possible.
Since 2013, our access to the refugee camps in Mali has been severely limited by the war, and our mission was redirected to nearby Cote D'Ivoire which we grew to love dearly. Cote D’Ivoire’s villagers have been suffering from civil war and rebel activity for a very long time. Today, most of our tribal art comes from Cote D'Ivoire (formerly 'Ivory Coast') and neighbouring Liberia. We help fund and run two large orphanages and support several remote villages.
These villages near the Liberian border, in 'Moyen Cavally', have been inundated with refugees fleeing the fighting and therefore, their resources are close to non-existent due to the breakdown of facilities as a result of rebel activity and the unstable political situation. Most charities cannot help much in these areas as it is a virtual war zone.
Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia pose much less of a humanitarian aid crisis area than Mali, Syria or even Central Africa now - in fact a much lower number, between one thousand to two thousand children die from water diseases each year. The children do however suffer much higher risks of death from Malaria and Yellow Fever. The orphaned boys are often pressured to join rebel forces and young girls are either raped or forced into marriages and motherhood. These are some of the less violent examples of these children’s fates.
We are a small band of collectors trying to do our little bit. Michaela Berko, the lately deceased director of ‘Fine Tribal Gallery Ltd’, used to say, ‘The problems in Africa are way too big for us to handle, We CAN however make the difference between life and death to hundreds of amazing children, who as the wise chief always reminds me ‘are the future!’.’
Unfortunately, Michaela Berko
passed away as a result of her Multiple Sclerosis. She is missed dearly and remains
our inspiration and driving force to fight for the lives of the orphans, the
villagers and to proclaim their cultural heritage!
We regrouped as 'Fine Tribal Galleries' exhibiting now not only in the UK, but hopefully soon in New York as well.
We look forward to welcoming you to our vision of the world of tribal antiques, and helping you build amazing tribal collections!