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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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Carved Wooden Bitangnge Ritual Bowl (Duyu)
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
late 19th century
Incentory no.: 3902
SOLD
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Necklace of Four Brass Dinumug Linglingo Pendants on Abaca (Banana Plant Fibre) Twine
Bontoc or Kalinga People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 3883
SOLD
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Carved Wooden Fertility Doll (Akuaba)
Ashanti/Asante People, Ghana
19th century
Inventory no.: 3895
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Rare Silver Plated Betelnut Set & Tray made in England for the Malay-Indonesian Market
Sheffield, England
circa 1930
Item no.: 3892
SOLD
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Chased Silver Jug with Lizard Handle
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4119
SOLD
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Deer Antler Finely Carved with Scenes from the Ramayana
Bali
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3951
SOLD
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Bronze & Brass Singa-naga Ring
Toba Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4203
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Two Rare Earrings of Pierced Hornbill Casque (Beak) & Beads
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3927
SOLD
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Three Rock Crystal Sri Yantras
Nepal
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 4193
RESERVED
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Parang Sword with Chased Silver Mounts & Rattan-bound Scabbard
West Java, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4044
SOLD
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Carved Wooden Axe Handle or Sceptre Shaped as an Antelope
Tsonga or Zulu, South Africa, or Zambia/Zaire
19th century
Inventory no.: 4121
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Silver, Coral & Enamel Cloak Pin
Berber People, Algeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4031
SOLD
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Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate
Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4267
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Large Bronze Temple Cooking Basin (Charakku or Urly)
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4116
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Bronze Durga Shrine Group
South India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4188
SOLD
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Trellis-like Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 8th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4425
SOLD
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Mantra Plaque Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
13th-14th century
Inventory no.: 4428
SOLD
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Horse & Rider Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet or Central Asia
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4430
SOLD
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Stupa-shaped Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 12th century
Inventory no.: 4434
SOLD
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Three Co-joined Chortens Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4424
SOLD
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Stylised Flower-form Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4429
SOLD
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Belt Element Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet or Central Asia
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 4433
SOLD
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Horned & Jewelled Khyung or Garuda Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 8th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4431
SOLD
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Chagna Dorje (Vajrapani) Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4427
SOLD
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Chagna Dorje (Vajrapani) Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4150
SOLD
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Belt Element Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet or Central Asia
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 4512
SOLD
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Large Fibula Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet
circa 12th century
Inventory no.: 4074
SOLD
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Three Talismans or Tokchas
Tibet
circa 6th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4419
SOLD
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Four Talismans or Tokchas
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4421
SOLD
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Six Talismans or Tokchas
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4418
SOLD
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Seven Talismans or Tokchas
Tibet
circa 9th century
Inventory no.: 4422
SOLD
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Feline-shaped Sleeve Weight Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet and China
Eastern Chou Period, 6th-5th century BC
Inventory no.: 4432
SOLD
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Animal-shaped Pendant Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet and North Western China
4th century BC
Inventory no.: 4426
SOLD
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Belt Element Talisman or Tokcha
Tibet or Central Asia
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 4423
SOLD
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4497
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4498
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Brass Head Ornament (Sanggori)
Toraja People, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4076
SOLD
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Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4499
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Six Talismans or Tokchas
Tibet
circa 9th-12th century
Inventory no.: 4420
SOLD
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Two Silver Earrings (Om’bulu)
Central Flores, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4192
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Ivory Comb with Polychrome
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4383
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Rare Silver Ayigula Pendant in Stupa Form
Andhra Pradesh, India
circa 17th century
Inventory no.: 4178
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Silver & Silver-Gilt Ayigula Pendant
Andhra Pradesh, India
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 4179
SOLD
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Mughal Dagger (Khanjar) with Jade Hilt inlaid with Rubies & Gold
Northern India
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 4386
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Kard Dagger with Gold-Overlaid Watered Steel Blade & Walrus Ivory Hilt
Persia/Iran
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 4396
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4313
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4314
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado,
Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4315
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Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription
India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4240
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Rare Mughal Floral-Form Ivory Hilt with Polychrome
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4387
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A Superb Collection of Tibetan Magical Tokchas or Togchags - 6th-14th centuries
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New Items for May 2017
Very Large Repoussed Silver Bowl
Burma
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 4504
SOLD
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Gilded, Wooden Reclining Buddha in Parinibbana
Burma
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4330
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Large, Gilded Bronze Seated Buddha
Bangkok, Thailand
Rattanakosin Period, 19th century
Inventory no.: 4384
SOLD
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Spanish Colonial Carved Drinking Gourd
Colonial South America, probably Peru
18th century
Inventory no.: 4269
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Tokchas (also thogchag) are small 'found' ancient, sacred objects that Tibetans wore to protect themselves from evil. There was a belief that they 'fell' from the sky. In any
event, some are believed to contain meteoric metal.
The collection here is from the estate of an English collector who built up the collection over many years.
Silver Overlaid Kindjal
Dagestan
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4388
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Female Head Privilege Sceptre
Ovimbundu People, Angola
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 3733
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Fine & Rare Colonial Goblet Carved Entirely from Coconut Shell
Sri Lanka
circa 1800 or earlier
Inventory no.: 4482
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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Spanish Colonial Bowl Repoussed with Putti
South America, probably Argentina or Peru
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2029
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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
SOLD
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Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs with Pierced Silver Mounts (Qabqab)
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 3731
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