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Middle Eastern & North African Islamic Art
Engraved Islamic Brass Water Kettle
Nupe People, Central Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 532
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Fine Silver Amulet Box with Filigree
Yemen
late 19th/early 20th century
Inventory no.: 580
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Tinned Copper Ewer & Basin
Persia/Iran or Turkey
Signed & Dated AH 1248 (AD 1832)
Inventory no.: 356
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Repoussed Silver Hammam Bowl
Algeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 946
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Repoussed Silver Hammam Bowl
Algeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 945
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Gold Talismanic Upper Armband (Bazuband)
Northern India or Persia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1092
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Hispano-Moresque Bronze Mortar
Andalusian Spain
circa 13th-14th century
Inventory no.: 1076
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Large Engraved Brass Bowl & Cover
(Islamic) Nupe People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 1226
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Brass Crusader-style Charger
Syria or Balkans
circa 14th-15h century
Inventory no.: 993
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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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Pair of Fire-Gilded Silver & Agate Cuff Bracelets
Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 2332
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Steel Scissors or Sheers
Ottoman Turkey
17th century
Inventory no.: 2778
Calligrapher’s Pierced Steel Scissors
Iran (Persia)
18th century
Inventory no.: 2781
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Calligrapher’s Pierced Steel Scissors
Iran (Persia)
18th century
Inventory no.: 2782
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Steel & Brass Scissors
Central Asia, probably Tashkent
late 18th century
Inventor no.: 2779
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Ottoman Copper-Inlaid Scribe’s Scissors
Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2875
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Rare Timurid Bronze Folding Spoon
Timurid Empire, Persia & Central Asia
14th-15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2890
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Silver Gunpowder Flask (Talahiq)
Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 2942
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Fine Silver Measuring Ladle
Egypt
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3263
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Hispano-Moresque Bronze Mortar
Andalusian Spain
circa 14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 3260
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Engraved, Silver, Three-Part Talismanic Bazuband
Iran (Persia)
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3503
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Painted & Lacquered Mirror Case
Persia (Iran)
Zand Dynasty, circa 1780
Inventory no.: 3581
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Pair of Silver & Gold Bracelets
Ibri, Oman
first half of the 20th century
Inventory no.: 3574
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Bracelet
Kazakh People, Central Asia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3560
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Set of Eight Carved & Pierced Mother-of-Pearl Shells Decorated with the Nativity, the Last Supper & so on
Palestine
1830s-1860s
Inventory no.: 3701
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Kangxi Blue & White Hookah Base with Chased Silver Mounts
China for the Islamic Indian or Persian Market
late 17th-early 18th century
Inventory no.: 3852
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Man's Bullet-Shaped Silver Kohl Container & Applicator
Oman
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3974
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Fine Silver Belt Purse (Mahfaza)
San’a, Yemen
19th century
Inventory no.: 3984
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Silver & Glass Bead Necklace
Taiz, Yemen
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3971
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Silver Bead & Composite Amber Bead Necklace with Silver Amulet Case
San’a, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3966
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Silver Amulet Case Necklace with Silver & Coral-Pink Glass Beads (‘Aqd Marjan)
Rayma or Haraz, Yemen
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3968
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Hollow, Engraved Silver Bracelet
Nizwa, Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3982
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Enamelled Silver Cuff Bracelet set with Coral
Berber People, Algeria
mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 3993
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Pair of Silver Headdress Ornaments
Bedu People, Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 3983
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Pair of Silver Ear Ornaments
Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 3981
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Silver Thumb Ring
San’a, Yemen
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3979
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Silver Bead & Processed Amber Bead Necklace with Silver Amulet Case
San’a, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3970
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Silver Panel Belt
probably Yemen or Oman
circa 1950
Inventory no.: 3973
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Massive & Superb Silver & Gold Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)
Oman, probably Nizwa
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3997
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Complete, Rare Silver & Gold Head Ornament
Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4012
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Seven Fine Silver Headdress Ornaments with Filigree & Tassels
Dhofar Region, Southern Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4011
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Large, Fine Silver Anklets
Oman
19th century
Inventory no.: 4029
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Carved Coco-de-Mer Sufi Mendicant’s Begging Bowl (Kashkul)
Northern India or Iran (Persia)
18th century
Inventory no.: 4032
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Kard Dagger with Gold-Overlaid Watered Steel Blade & Walrus Ivory Hilt
Persia/Iran
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 4396
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Silver Overlaid Kindjal
Dagestan
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4388
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Qajar Jambiya with Carved Walrus Ivory Hilt & Original Leather Sheaf
Persia/Iran
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4394
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Rare Set of Woman’s Silver Hair Ornaments (Mashaq-ir)
Jewish Community, Saada region, Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3857
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Coral and Silver Necklace
Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4030
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Engraved Silver Crescent-Shaped Cloak Pin or Fibula (Hlal)
Tunisia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4370
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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings
Anti-Atlas Region, Morocco
19th century
Inventory no.: 4284
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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings
Morocco, pre-Sahara Region
19th century
Inventory no.: 4283
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Pair of Woman’s Niello Silver Ear Ornaments
Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, Russia
circa 1905
Inventory no.: 3763
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Silver Ring with Black Horn 'Stone'
Yemen, probably Saada
19th century
Inventory no.: 3283
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