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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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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for February 2018
Single Dzi Bead
Tibet
Ancient
Inventory no. 5052
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Gilded Cast Bronze Ava-Style Buddha
Shan People, Eastern Burma
17th century
Inventory no.: 4590
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Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century
Inventory no.: 3944
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Majapahit Chased Sheet Silver Kris Hilt
Central Java, Indonesia
14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 5050
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Silver Bidri Flask or Vase
Bidar, India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4483
SOLD
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Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 3870
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Gilded Cast Bronze Effigy of a Soldier, Relic from Shweibawgyn Pagoda
Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760
Inventory no.: 5056
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Rare Gold & Ruby-Inlaid Mughal Pale Green Nephrite Sword Belt Loop
North India
18th century
Inventory no.: 5049
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Two Royal, Carved Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cups; One Inscribed & Dated
Malla Royal Family, Patan, Nepal
17th century
Inventory no.: 5053
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Gold Makara Bracelet inlaid with Rubies
Madras or possibly Goa, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5064
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Rare Coco-de-Mer Ewer
Northern India
circa 17th century
Inventory no.: 5089
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Parcel-Gilt Pierced Silver Bezoar Stone Box
West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 5076
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Rare Ottoman Silver Ashurelik Ewer
Ottoman Turkey
circa 1830
Inventory no.: 4928
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Chased Silver Lota Vase
Lucknow, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4927
SOLD
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Inscribed Copper Alloy Dancing Krishna
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4813
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Gilded & Enamelled Lai Nam Thong Porcelain Covered Bowl
China for the Thai Market
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 5083
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Turquoise-inlaid, Gilded Silver Filigree Ga’u Box
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 5124
SOLD
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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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Unusual Pair of Bronze Ogboni Staves
Yoruba People
Nigeria, early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3104
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Rare Brass & Copper Ganga-Jumna Chambu Lota
Tanjore, South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4703
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Pair of Miniature Brass Paduka Sandals for a Deity
Deccan, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5004
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Pair of Silver Paduka Sandals
India, probably Gujarat
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5003
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Ceremonial Gold & Silver Paduka Sandals
India, probably Rajasthan
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5002
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Gilded Silver & Copper Buckle inset with Carved Coral Cabochons
Ottoman Turkey or Balkans
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4930
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Bronze Standing Vishnu
South India
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 5040
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Strand of Rare Glass Beads & Gold Foil Beads
Mediterranean, India or perhaps Central Java, Indonesia
700-1000AD or earlier
Inventory no.: 3286
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Pair of Engraved Silver Bracelets
Nubian People, North-East Africa
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3664
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Pair of Woman’s Silver & Turquoise Earrings
Central Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4195
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Very Fine Chased Silver Parasol or Cane Handle
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 4401
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Large, Solid Gold, Double Lotus Ring
Java, Indonesia
Classical Period, 9th-11th century
Inventory no.: 5001
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Silk Ceremonial Jacket (Baju) with Gold Brocade
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1498
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Silver & Gilt Betel Box Set
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3229
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Silver-Mounted Klewang
South Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3243
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Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Balak)
Abung People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3814
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Ivory Carving of Burma's King Thibaw & Queen Suphayarlat
Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 3559
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