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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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New Items for March 2017
Selected Available Items from Past Catalogues
Large Man’s Silver Ring set with Banded Onyx
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 3961
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Small, Engraved Silver Butter Lamp
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4058
SOLD
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Small, High-grade Silver Butter Lamp
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4059
SOLD
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Near Pair of Engraved Silver Butter Lamps
Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no. 4060 SOLD
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Silver Gentleman’s Shaving Bowl & Brush made for the Export Market
China
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3623
SOLD
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Large Silver Butter Lamp
Tibet
18th century
Inventory no.: 3756
SOLD
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Patola-Design Double-Ikat Geringsing Textile
Bali, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3826
SOLD
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Albumen Print of Parsee (Parsi) Woman & Child
Bombay, India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4170
SOLD
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Temple Umbrella Covering
Rajasthan, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4068
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Unusually Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box
Dutch East Indies, or possibly India
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 4052
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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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Rare Dutch Colonial Betel Box in Ivory with Pierced Silver Mounts
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
18th century
Inventory no.: 4126
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Silver Shivalingam set with a Single, Massive 189-carat Emerald Lingam
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4177
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Underglaze Blue Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Ceramic Kendi with Ottoman Silver Mounts with Tugra
China/Ottoman Turkey
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4050
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Cast Bronze Seated Buddha
Shan States, Burma
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4137
SOLD
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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt
Shan people, Burma
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4146
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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt
Shan people, Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4157
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Small Silver Figure of a Buddhist Monk with an Alms Bowl
Burma
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4165
SOLD
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Pottery Pedestal Vase decorated with White Slipware & Red-ochre
Ban Chiang, Udon Thani Province, Thailand
circa 300BC
Inventory no.: 3893
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Repoussed Silver Round Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4171
SOLD
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Repoussed Silver Octagonal Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4172
SOLD
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Repoussed Silver Hinged Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4173
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Carved & Polychrome Image of Zhu-sheng Niang-niang (注生娘娘 - The Goddess who Registers Births)
Hokkien, Teochiu & Fuzhou Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia & China
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4021
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Large Pair of Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3941
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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.: 3914
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Wood, Hair, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)
Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3912
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Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3870
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Gold Pendant (Mase)
Tanimbar, Moluccas (Maluku), Eastern Indonesia
19th century of earlier
Inventory no.: 4027
SOLD
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Brass Pinangpanga Linglingo Pendant
Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 3879
SOLD
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Aso’ Ear Ornament of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3937
RESERVED
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Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3931
RESERVED
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Rare Indo-Portuguese Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts
Goa, India
16th-17th century
Inventory no.: 4078
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Unusual Shivalingam with Basalt Lingam
South India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4174
SOLD
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Silver Shivalingam Shrine with Attendant Nandi, set with Carnelian & Pearls
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4176
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Silver & Rock Crystal Shivalingam
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4175
SOLD
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Rare Painted & Inscribed Leather Dish
Tibet
13th-15th century
Inventory no.: 867
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Ceremonial Nephrite Jade Ewer
Eastern Tibet or Mongolia
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 3860
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Rare Silver & Enamel Butter Lamp
China for the Tibetan Market
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4045
SOLD
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Rare Timurid Bronze Folding Spoon
Timurid Empire, Persia & Central Asia
14th-15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2890
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Tiled, Painted & Inscribed Andalusian-style Table
Tetouan, Morocco
1890-1920
Inventory no.: 3486
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Enamelled Silver Cuff Bracelet set with Coral
Berber People, Algeria
mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 3993
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Earthenware Roof Ridge Tile with Pigments
Chambri Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in th early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2185
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Lime Container in the form of a Rooster on a Crocodile
Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in the early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2182
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Chased Silver Makara Bracelet
Madras, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4139
SOLD
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