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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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Chased Silver Rosewater Sprinkler
Kutch, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4066
SOLD
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Large Bronze Figure of Rama
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3888
SOLD
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Finely Engraved Persian-Style Silvered Copper Drinking Bowl
Northern India
19th century
Inventory no: 4454
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Repoussed Silver Bowl
Burma
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4542
SOLD
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Coral and Silver Necklace
Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4030
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Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4089
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Gilded, Carved Mirror
Thailand or Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4246
SOLD
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Large Silver Mughal Wine Ewer
North India
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4518
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Fine Cast Brass Head Ornament
Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4472
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Miniature Shaivaite Shrine
Maharashtra, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4249
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Large, Fine, Painted Ivory Flask & Stopper
Sri Lanka
18th century
inventory no. 4549
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Indo-Portuguese Carved Ivory Our Lady of Conception
Goa, India
latter half of 18th century
Inventory no.: 4513
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Unusually Large Silver-Inlaid Brass Betel Box (Lutuan)
Islamic Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4347
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Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha
Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4450
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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 Pineapple Fibre Cloth (Pina) Shawl or Head Covering (Panuelo) with Sombrado Work
Spanish Colonial Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 4521
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Rare Pineapple Fibre Cloth (Pina) Shawl or Head Covering (Panuelo) with Sombrado Work
Spanish Colonial Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 4522
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Bronze Image of Lakshmi or Sri Devi
South India
circa 15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 4412
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Rare Standing Brass Image of the Buddhist Protector Upulvan (Vishnu)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3869
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Larger Carved Wooden Food Carrying Container (Koppit)
Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3899
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Carved Wooden Food Carrying Container (Koppit)
Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 3900
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Cast Brass Image of Ganesh & his Vahana
Nepal
19th century
Inventory no.: 4342
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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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Mandalay-Style Painted Fan
Burma
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4248
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Finely Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Patani, Southern Thailand/Northern Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4556
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Carved Striped Wooden Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4553
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Finely Carved Whale Tooth Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no. 4551
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Carved Whale Tooth Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4552
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Carved Steatite Nomoli Figure
Sierra Leone
15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4228
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Rare Stylised Ganesh Brass Kris Hilt
South Sumatra, Indonesia
17th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4555
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Rare Kris Hilt of a Lion-Maned Figure
East Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4554
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Mughal Parcel-Gilt Silver Articulated Fish Kohl or Perfume Container
Northern India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4501
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Maharaja’s Parcel-Gilt Silver Plate Processional Fly Whisk
Holder
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4540
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Rare Mughal Dagger with Parrot-Form Ivory Hilt
Northern India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4395
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Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Tua) Fragment
Pubian People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3821
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Opened Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Tua)
Pubian People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3820
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Finely Embroidered Textile
Parsee or Parsi People, Northern India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4182
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Rare Bronze Libation Conch Shell
India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4566
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Silvered Copper Ga’u Box inset with Turquoise Cabochons
Tibet
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4564
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Fine & Large Solid Silver Cuspidor
Northern India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4520
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Eight Silver & Silver-Gilt Pendant Crosses (Yangat Masqal)
Ethiopia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4132
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of Shadaksari Avalokiteshvara
Nepal or Tibet
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4436
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of Bhairab or Bhairava
Nepal
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 4438
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of the Buddha with Lantsa Script
Tibet
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4439
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of the Buddha
Tibet
circa 18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4440
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of the Buddha
Tibet
circa 18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4441
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Fine Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of Manjushri  with Lantsa Script
Tibet
circa 15th-17th century
Inventory no.: 4443
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Parcel-Gilded Silver Repousse Man’s Ga’u Box
Northern Bhutan
late 18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4570
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Gilded Silver Devotional Plaque with Tara in Lapis Lazuli & other semi-Precious Stones
Nepal
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4573
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Bronze Spiral Ear Ornament or Stone Mason's Plumb Weight with Lotus Bud Finials
Cambodia
circa 10th-12th century
Inventory no.: 4471
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Rare Pair of Bamboo Ear Plugs
Karen People, Eastern Burma
19th or early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4301
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Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa-Tsa) of Three Buddhas
Tibet
circa 16th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4437
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Janus-Headed Shango Dancing Wand
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 3890
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Chalukyan-style Durga
Deccan, India
circa 12th century
Inventory no.: 3027
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Cloisonné and Silver Eating Bowl
Chinese made for the Tibet Market
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2445
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Ram Dao Sacrifice Knife
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
19th century
Inventory no.: 3142
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 639
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Rare Pair of Gold Cuff Bracelets (Tigero Tedong)
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2237
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Gold Filigree Bracelet (Galang Gadang)
Minangkabau People, West Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2238
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Large, Engraved Silver Betel Box with Gold Top
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2245
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Inscribed & Dated Spanish Colonial Silver Host or Offering Plate
probably South America or Mexico
dated 1761
Inventory no.: 4358
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