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Hindu & Other Non-Islamic Indian Art
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Four Jamnagar ‘Gulab’ Betel Cutters
Jamnagar, India, but collected in Java, Indonesia
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 226
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Conch-shaped Holy Water Libation Cup
Hindu India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1115
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Brahmin Maratha Couple Carved in Horn
Bombay, India
circa 1820
Inventory no.: 1386
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Rare Beetlewing Shoulder Ornament
Naga Konyak People, Northeast India
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1411
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Exceptional Bronze Hamsa Finial
South India
early 17th century
Inventory no.: 1406
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Exceptionally Rare Colonial Crocodile Ivory Snuff Container in the form of a Mestizo Woman, with Silver Mounts
Portuguese Goa, India
late 17th century
Inventory no.: 1390
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Carved Ivory Lion Throne Element
Orissa, India
15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 1459
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Indo-Portuguese Solid Ivory Our Lady of the Conception
Goa, India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 1444
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Ivory Fertility Pendant Carved with a Yakshini
India
Sunga (Shunga) Period, 200-100BC
Inventory no.: 1478
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Calcified Ivory Figure, Possibly Durga
India
Sunga (Shunga) Period, 200-100BC
Inventory no.: 1479
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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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Rare Carved Colonial Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts
Bombay, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 1714
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Gold Marriage Necklace Pendant (Kazhutthuru or Tali)
Nattukottai Chettiar Community, Tamil Nadu, India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 1859
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Pala Stone Stupa
Bodhgaya or Sarnath, Northeast India
10th-11th century
Inventory no.: 2190
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Long-Spouted Brass Temple Oil Ewer
Sri Lanka or South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2364
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Engraved Ivory Veneer & Sandalwood Box
Vizagapatam, India
1780-90
Inventory no.: 2368
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Ivory Bracelet
Naga People, India & Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 2371
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Satinwood & Mahogany Writing Box with Silver Mounts
Coromandel Coast, South India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2325
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Ruby-Set Gold Covered Sri Yantra to Adorn a Temple Statue
South India
17th-18th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2478
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Rare Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2613
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Repousse Gold Emerald & Ruby-Set Temple Ear Ornaments
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2611
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Repousse Gold Ruby-Set Temple Ear Ornaments
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2610
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Tall Brass Lamp Oil Container
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2870
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Carved Colonial Bone Infant Jesus
India, probably Goa
18th century
Inventory no.: 3007
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Unusual Brass Finger Ring Cast with Santa Claus' Sleigh & Reindeer
Kochin, Kerala, India
20th century
Inventory no.: 2993
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Painted Wooden Portable Shrine for the Jagannathi Trio
Orissa or Rajasthan, India
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3023
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Chettiar Palm Leaf Bookkeeper's Knife with Ivory & Silver Mounts
Chettiar People, Tamil Nadu, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2973a
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Carved Black Stone Vaishnavite Pediment
Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, India
10th-11th century
Inventory no.: 3042
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Chettiar Palm Leaf Bookkeeper's Knife with Ivory & Silver Mounts
Chettiar People, Tamil Nadu, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2973b
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Pair of Silver Bangles
Palakkad Area, Kerala, South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 2982
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Hindu Ascetic (Rishi) Figure Carved in Sandstone
North India
circa 12-13th century
Inventory no.: 2645
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Silver & Turquoise Dress Clasp
Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3095
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Three Mounted Bronze Palanquin Pole-Ends
India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3128
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Engraved Brass Circular Pandan
Deccan, India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3126
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Katar with Grip Overlaid in Thick Gold
India, probably Udaipur
18th century
Inventory no.: 3149
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Carved Wooden Box
South India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 3304
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Carved Stone Ritual Conch or Trumpet Shell Stand
Western Deccan, Karnataka, India
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 3541
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Fine, Embroidered Phulkari Textile
Western Punjab, India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 3551
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Fine, Embroidered Phulkari Textile
Western Punjab, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3552
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Three Silver Beakers Chased in High Relief
Parsee (Parsi) Community, Bombay (Mumbai), India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3586
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Stained Ivory Pehlwani Wrestlers
Northern India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1750
Inventory no.: 3604
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Carved Ebony Scroll Holder with Carved Ivory Ends
India or Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3625
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Silver Choker Necklace set with Foil-Backed Glass
Uttar Pradesh, India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3573
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Cast Brass Hook Shaped as a Yali
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3661
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Silver-Gilt Pendant set with Rubies
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3751
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Cast Bronze Lime Container
India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3735
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Silver Double-Strand Chain Belt & Buckle Silver Buckle
Kerala, South India
19th century
Inventory  no.: 3674
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Inscribed Cast Brass Lamp with Oil Container & Matching Spoon
Kerala, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3736
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Solid, Chiselled Silver Torque (Hansuli)
Rajasthan, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3959
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Heavy, High-Grade Silver Cuff Bracelet
probably Pashtun People, Pakistan/Northern India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3963
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Embroidered Akho Gara Sari
Parsee (Parsi), Surat region, India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4056
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Silver & Gilded Silver Braided Silver Wire Belt (Kamarpatti)
Maharashtra or Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4041
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Temple Umbrella Covering
Rajasthan, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4068
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Silver Shivalingam set with a Single, Massive 189-carat Emerald Lingam
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4177
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Silver Shivalingam Shrine with Attendant Nandi, set with Carnelian & Pearls
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4176
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Pair of Silver Hoop Earrings
Saurashtra, Gujarat, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4199
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Shell & Chased Silver Pendant
Ladakh, India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4205
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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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Necklace of Agate & Glass Beads & Bells
possibly Naga or Mizo, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4321
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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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Group of Five Chain Mail Fasteners
India, probably Rajasthan
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4207
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Three Brass Jewellery Moulds
India
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4368
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Large Bronze Temple Cooking Basin (Charakku or Urly)
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4116
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Rare Silver Ayigula Pendant in Stupa Form
Andhra Pradesh, India
circa 17th century
Inventory no.: 4178
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Indo-Portuguese Carved Ivory Our Lady of Conception
Goa, India
latter half of 18th century
Inventory no.: 4513
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