Michael Backman Ltd
Antique Tribal Jewellery
(Africa, Asia & Oceanic)
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Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)
Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
19th or early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1057
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Rare Beetlewing Shoulder Ornament
Naga Konyak People, Northeast India
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1411
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from India itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were brought to
the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been a major
destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Cast Brass Fertility Ring
Dogon People, Mali
19th century
Inventory no.: 1869
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Cast Brass Trophy Head Ring with Traces of Gold
Baule, Mali
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1871
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Cast Brass ‘Chief’s Stool’ Ring with Traces of Gilding
Akan People, Ghana/Ivory Coast
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1880
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Cast Brass ‘African Cobra’ Ring
Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
19th century
Inventory no.: 1885
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Cast Brass ‘Seed Pod Cluster’ Ring with Traces of Gilding
Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
18th-19th centuries
Inventory no.: 1874
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Pair of Cone Shell Ear Ornaments
New Guinea
collected in 1859
Inventory no.: 1984
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Cast Brass ‘Double Crocodile’ Ring
Ashanti, Ghana
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1879
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Cast Brass ‘Peanut’ Ring
Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
18th-19th centuries
Inventory no.: 1873
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Ivory Bracelet
Naga People, India & Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 2371
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Cast Brass ‘Turtle’ Ring
Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
19th century
Inventory no.: 1884
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Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace
Asante/Ashanti, Ghana
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2850
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Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets
Nigeria
18th century
Inventory no.: 3091
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Cast Copper Do Cult Anklet
Bwa people, Burkino Faso
19th century
Inventory no.: 3507
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Solid-Cast Bronze Armlets or Bangles
Nigeria, possibly Igbo People
18th or 19th century
Inventory no.: 3116
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Cast Brass ‘Sword Hilt’ Ring
Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1882
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Cast Copper Alloy Talismanic Pendant (Taijanja)
Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3679
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Fine Pair of Cast & Etched Bronze Bracelets
West Africa, possibly Sierra Leone
19th century
Inventory no.: 3585
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Incised ‘Twist’ Silver Alloy Ring
Nigeria
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3714
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Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)
Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3988
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Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set
Kikuyu People, Kenya
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4047
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Very Rare Cast Brass Necklace
Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
19th century
Inventory no.: 4046
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Large Pair of Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3941
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Cast Brass Toe Ring
India, probably Uttar Pradesh
18th century
Inventory no.: 1872
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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4259
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Rare Burmese Amber Bead Necklace
Mizo People, Mizoram/Assam, India or Western Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4255
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Fine Glass Bead Necklace with Brass Trophy Heads
Naga People, Burma/India
late 19th century
Inventory no,: 4369
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Glass Bead Necklace
Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s
Inventory no.: 4232
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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace
Pyu Kingdom, Burma, Chin People, Western Burma, &  Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 4256
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Beaded Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4318
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Bead Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4260
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Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace
Mizo People, Western India, or Naga People, Burma/India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4399
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Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring
Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4261
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Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring
Muria People, Bastar, Madhya
Pradesh, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4265
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Bronze & Brass Singa-naga Ring
Toba Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4203
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Two Silver Earrings (Om’bulu)
Central Flores, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4192
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Silver-Gilt Mamuli Pendant
East Sumba, Indonesia
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4191
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Woman’s Large Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4257
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Silver-Gilt Mamuli Pendant
East Sumba, Indonesia
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4190
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Woman’s Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4258
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