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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
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.

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New Items for July 2017
Large Kandyan Period Cast Brass Standing Buddha
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4584
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Gilded Bronze Image of Budai
China
Ming Dynasty, circa 16th century
Inventory no. 4503
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Cast Bronze Amitayus
Tibet
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4587
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Superb Cast Bronze Buddha
Shan People, Eastern Burma
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4588
SOLD
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Cast Bronze Head of Buddha
Arakan, Burma
16th century
Inventory no.: 4596
SOLD
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Bronze Standing Crowned Buddha
Thailand
Ayutthaya Period, 16th-17th century
Inventory no.: 4586
SOLD
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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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Gilded Silver Butterfly Hair Ornament set with Turquoise
Nepal or Eastern Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4404
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Gilded Silver Filigree & Carved Nephrite Pendant
China
19th century
Inventory no.: 4579
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Silver & Enamel Cloak Pin or Fibula
Berber People, Algeria
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4599
SOLD
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Fine, Gilded-Silver & Turquoise Cloak Ornament (Droling Droden)
Central Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4582
SOLD
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Silver-Gilt Mamuli Pendant
East Sumba, Indonesia
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4191
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Silver Ear Pick (Kuk Mawca)
Ethiopia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4210
SOLD
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Complete Five-Piece Gaddang Man's Clothing Set
Gaddang People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 4535
SOLD
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Woman’s Large Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4257
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Carved Wooden Mask
Himalayan India - Northern Bengal or Himchal Pradesh
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4331
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Carved Wooden Gelede Mask
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4335
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Pair of Silver Wedding Bed Curtain Hooks
Java, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3400
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Gilded Clasp set with Turquoise & Coral
central Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4148
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Chased, Oblong Silver Box
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4245
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Balinese Cremation Scene, by Liem Tjoe Ing (1922-1999)
Oil on Canvas
Indonesia
Inventory no.: 4602
SOLD
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Metal Document Holder Encased in Finely Woven Rattan
Burma
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4235
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Mughal Silver Lion-Headed Peshkabz Dagger
North India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4550
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Engraved Silver Jambiya inlaid with Carved Coral and Turquoise
Northern Coast, Turkey
mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 4390
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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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Bell-Shaped Silver-Inlaid Bidri Hookah Base
Lucknow, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4485
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Silver-Gilt Mamuli Pendant
East Sumba, Indonesia
circa 19th century
Inventory no.: 4190
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Rare Pair of Superb Straits Chinese Wedding Shoes
Singapore or Malacca, Malaysia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4581
SOLD
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Unusually Large Chased Silver Christian Cross
Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4577
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Greenstone Hei-Tiki Pendant
Maori People, New Zealand
probably 19th century
Inventory no.: 4515
SOLD
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Carved Horn Divination Image of Eshu
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4574
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Ivory & Silver Tea Bowl
Royal Family of Bhutan, Bhutan
19th century
Inventory no.: 4571
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Silver Saddle Ring (Tagam) with Black Cabochon Stone
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4580
SOLD
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Large, Fine Parcel-Gilt Pierced Silver Betel Box
Bhutan
19th century
Inventory no.: 3662
SOLD
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Chased Silver Pendant with Hand of Fatimah
Marrakech, Morocco
dated 1338 AH (1917)
Inventory no.: 4379
SOLD
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Pair of  Ear Ornaments of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3935
SOLD
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Woman’s Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4258
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4498
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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4259
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Inscribed Silver ‘Loving’ Cup & Cover used by the Prince of Wales to Drink South Australian Wine in 1866
England
inscribed in 1866 & with marks for 1741
Inventory no.: 2729
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Large Dark Green Bloodstone Hookah Mouthpiece
Mughal India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2330
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Katar with Grip Overlaid in Thick Gold
India, probably Udaipur
18th century
Inventory no.: 3149
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Rare, Gilded Chased & Engraved Silver Opium Poppy Pod-Shaped Chilam Cover
Rajasthan or Mughal, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3663
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Rare Early Ayutthaya/U-Thong Style Gold Buddha Plaque
Ayutthaya, Thailand
mid-14th century
Inventory no.: 4083
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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