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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 Thailand or Indonesia 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 Rock Crystal Ear Ornaments (Tongpang)
Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4198
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Hoop Earrings
Saurashtra, Gujarat, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4199
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Pair of Silver Pyramidal Earrings (Vedhla)
Kutch, Gujarat, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4200
SOLD
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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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Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Cirebon, North Coast of Java, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4158
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Carved Horn Kris Hilt
Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4159
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Unusual Carved Wooden Kris Hilt in the Form of a Squid
Indonesia, probably Java
19th century
Inventory no.: 4160
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Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Java, Indonesia
mid-17th century
Inventory no.: 4161
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Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Cirebon, North Coast of Java, Indonesia
circa 17th century
Inventory no.: 4162
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Carved Whale Tooth Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4163
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Pair of Silver Women’s Ear Ornaments (Akota)
Saurashtra Peninsula, Gujarat, India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4164
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Shield with Gilded Metal Mounts (Tafa Gassa)
Ethiopia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4077
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Rare, Pierced Silver Hanging Monastic Lamp with an Arabic Christian Inscription
Ottoman Turkey
17th century
Inventory no.: 4048
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Pair of Solid Brass 'Aso' Pendant Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3942
SOLD
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Unusual Gilded, Lacquered Metal & Wood Manuscript Chest (Sadaik) & Large, Rare, 92-page Lacquered Manuscript
Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4051
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Large Cast Brass Anklet
Bengal or Bihar, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3687
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Spiral Naga Earrings (Nagulu)
Southern Orissa, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4201
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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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Silver-Gilt Tibetan-Style Ritual Wine Ewer Cups & Tray
China or Overseas Chinese Communities
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4054
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Vase of Immortality with Coral & Turquoise Cabochons
Nepal/Tibet
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3635
SOLD
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Buddhist Ivory, Turquoise & Coral Rosary Beads
Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4300
SOLD
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Fine, Embroidered Phulkari Textile
Western Punjab, India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 3551
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Fine Agate Bead Necklace
probably Mizo People, Mizoram/Assam, Eastern India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4320
SOLD
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Shell & Silver Lotus Stand by Wang Hing
China
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4181
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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4259
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Rare Gilded & Enamelled Silver Hookah Base Showing European Sailing Ships & Europeans
India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4397
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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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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Fine, Shell, Coral & Silver Bead Necklace with Bear Claws
Southwestern United States, probably Sioux People
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3665
SOLD
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Gilded & Pierced Makara
Tibet
circa 13th century
Inventory no.: 4374
SOLD
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New Items for April 2017
Rare Wooden & Metal Islamic Buraq Figure
Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century & possibly earlier
Inventory no.: 4349
SOLD
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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.: 4262
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Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring
Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4263
SOLD
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Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring
Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4264
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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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Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring
Muria People, Bastar, Madhya
Pradesh, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4266
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Rare Parcel-Gilt Silver Lotus-Form Lamp
Tibet or Nepal
18th century
Inventory no.: 4086
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Ceremonial Gold Leaf & Lacquer Bowl (Ko Kau Tu) by Hsaya (Master) Maung Htun
Kengtung, Shan States, Burma
dated 1935
Inventory no. 4247
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Oil on Board Painting of Figures in a Landscape by San Win
Burma
dated 1930
Inventory no.: 1326
SOLD
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Gold & Turquoise Official’s Pendant (Sochi)
Lhasa, Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 3285
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Group of Five Chain Mail Fasteners
India, probably Rajasthan
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4207
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Repoussed Silver & Silver Mesh Belt set with a Large, Single Mughal-style Carved Blue Stone Cabochon
India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3516
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Ceremonial Wooden Four-Tined ‘Cannibal’ Fork
Fiji
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 1988
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Chased Silver Arabian Dallah-style Coffee Pot
Kutch, India
1870
Inventory no.: 2926
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Three Very Fine Cast Bronze Figures of Mothers & Babies by Maung Hpo Hla
Pegu, Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2895
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Gilded Bronze Buddha or Attendant
Thailand
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3339
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Three Brass Jewellery Moulds
India
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4368
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Ruby-set Silver Bride’s Dowry Necklace
Jodhpur, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4332
SOLD
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Silver Ring with Large Floral Bezel
Lucknow, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 2430
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Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts
India, probably Goa
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 4078
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Han Dynasty Rock Crystal Mortuary Pig
China
Han Dynasty, 206BC-AD 220
Inventory no.: 4189
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