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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.

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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Selected Available Items from Past Catalogues
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Rare Cast Metal Mold for Making Votive Plaques
Java, Indonesia
8th-9th  century
Inventory no.: 5262
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Silver Pierced Mughal Mausoleum-shaped Incense Burner
North India
19th century
Inventory no.: 2079
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Rare Pair of Gilded Silver Double Swan-Form Rosewater Sprinklers
Lucknow, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2723
SOLD
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Silver Hookah with Fine, Woven Pipe
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 2485
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Carved Stone Ritual Conch or Trumpet Shell Stand
Western Deccan, Karnataka, India
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 3541
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Carved Wooden Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
18th-19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2219
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Engraved Silver Bride’s Ring
Berber People, Amun Siwa Region, Egypt
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5474
SOLD
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Gilded Bronze Mahakala
Tibet
15th century
Inventory no.: 5488
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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for June 2018
Fine Chief's Hippopotamus Ivory Amulet Pendant (Gikhokho)
Pende People, Congo
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 5486
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Silver & Goat Skin Headdress (Shabka) & Leather Face Mask (Burkha)
Oman, probably Ibri Region
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5199
SOLD
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Fine Mughal Gold & Gem-Set White Nephrite Jade Pendant (Haldili)
North India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5507
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Serpentine & Silver Ewer inset with Coral, Turquoise & Garnets
Sino-Himalayan or Mongolia
circa 1860
Inventory no.: 5255
SOLD
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Rare Horn Comb inlaid with Gold & Silver
Zanzibar
18th century
Inventory no.: 5253
SOLD
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Colonial Silver Filigree Tray or Platter
Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia; and possibly India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4572
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Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Blue Glass Bead Necklace
Naga People
India/Burma, circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5205
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Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3933
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Fine Pair of Champleve Enamel Silver Anklets (Jhanhjar)
Punjab, India/Pakistan
19th century
Inventory no.: 5487
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Tall Bronze Figure of a Standing Jain Tirthankhara
South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 5459
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Chased Silver Makara Bracelet
Madras, South India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 5248
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Extremely Rare ‘Brown & Gold’ Straits Chinese Wedding Dress & Hat Box
Straits Settlements, probably Singapore
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5289
SOLD
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Rare Ibis-form Holy Water Container
North Central India
18th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2963
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Finely Carved Wooden Face Mask
Senufo People, Ivory Coast
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 5496
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Enamelled & Filigree Silver Holy Altar Box
Armenia/Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5514
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Colonial Silver Mug
India, probably Calcutta
circa 1840
Inventory no.: 5254
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Mounted Ivory Kris Hilt
Malay People, Northern Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 5408
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Enamelled Gold Earrings with Emeralds & Pearls
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5472
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Silver ‘Prostitute’s’ Cuff Bracelet
Algeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 5473
SOLD
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Necklace of Early Gold Beads
Central Java, Indonesia
Early Classical Period, 8th century
Inventory no.: 5261
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Gold Finger Ring Engraved with Sacred Sri Symbols
Java, Indonesia
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 5435
SOLD
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Three Silver & Ivory Mounts Betel Knives
Shan People, Eastern Burma
19th and early 20th centuries
Inventory no.: 5406
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Bronze Mortar
Caucasus or Ottoman Turkey
circa 16th-17th century
Inventory no.: 4617
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Iron Beer (Chhaang) Flask Overlaid with Silver
Chamdo, Eastern Tibet
18th century
Inventory no.: 4090
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Brass Model of a Kandyan Noble
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 5416
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Wood, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)
Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3910
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Mughal Talismanic Nephrite Amulet Pendant Carved with Koranic Verses
North India
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4925
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Two Inscribed Silver Bracelets
Gujarat, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4956
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Rajasthan, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4954
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Rajasthan or Maharastra, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4952
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Rajasthan or Maharashtra, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4953
SOLD
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Silver Amulet Box & Necklace with Applied Gold Plaques
Oman
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4934
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Gold & Pearl Nose Ring
India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5192
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Pair of Bronze Male Dancer’s Anklets
Northern India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4142
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Earrings (Balti Bali)
Kashmir & Jammu, Northern India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4969
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Mughal Dagger (Khanjar) with Jade Hilt inlaid with Rubies & Gold
Northern India
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 4386
SOLD
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Longevity Vase (Tseybum) with Chased Silver Mounts
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 5240
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Water Ewer with Chased Silver Mounts (Bumpa)
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 5245
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