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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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Very Fine Post-Mourning Widow's Gold Thread & Green & Red Weft Ikat Silk Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3819
SOLD
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk ‘Winged Dragon’ Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3817
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Silk Kain Songket
Bali, Indonesia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4091
SOLD
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Fine, Carved Ancestor Figure with Lime Inlay
Massim People, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
collected in & so before 1945
Inventory no.: 4049
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Fine, Silver Tea Pot
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4053
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New Items for January-February 2017
Carved Wooden Short Club (Wahaika)
Maori, People, New Zealand
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4109
SOLD
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Silver Niello Circular Box & Cover
Thailand
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 4088
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Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3908
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Carved Wooden Bitangnge Ritual Bowl (Duyu)
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3901
SOLD
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Chased Silver Pumpkin-Shaped Betel Box
Cambodia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4037
SOLD
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Spanish Colonial Silver Two-Handled Bowl (Olla)
Bolivia
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4039
SOLD
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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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Two Very Rare Parcel-Gilded ‘Cadogan’ Style Copper & Silver Ritual Wine Ewers
Nepal
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1449
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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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Rare Enamelled Silver Armenian Orthodox Altar Cross
Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3864
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Superb & Rare Ceremonial Silver-Inlaid Klewang or Parang Betino with Horn Handle, Gold Mounts & Lacquered Scabbard
Sumatra, Indonesia, most probably Palembang
mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 3209
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Ottoman Kard with Green Nephrite Hilt & Chased Silver Scabbard
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 3198
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Rare Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt
Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3595
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Rare, Unusually Large Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt
Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3594
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Chinese-Style Silver Tray
Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910
Inventory no.: 3099
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Gilded Bronze Belt Buckle Set with Wuzhu Coins
China
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2788
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Wooden and Lacquered Tomb Guardian Figure (Zhenmushou)
Southern China
Warring States Period  475-221 BC
(Dating verified with Radiocarbon analysis)
Inventory no.: 2868
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia or East Coast Malaysia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3818
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Large Dark Green Bloodstone Hookah Mouthpiece
Mughal India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2330
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