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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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Parcel-Gilded Silver Amulet Pendant with Carnelian (Kumusch-doga )
Turkmen People, Central Asia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4711
SOLD
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Fine Burlwood Lidded Tsampa Bowl with Enamelled, Silver Filigree Mounts with Coral & Turquoise
Mongolia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4921
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Rare & Elaborate Silver-Clad Taribong Sword Hilt
Panay Bukidnon People, central Panay Island, Visayan Islands, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5051
SOLD
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Double Spiral Silver Cloak Counterweight
Miao People, Guizhou, China
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4560
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Pair of Large Silver Hoop Earrings
Li People, Hanian, China
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4561
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Spiral Earrings
Miao People, Guizhou, China
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4562
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Pair of Silver Earrings
Miao People, Guizhou, China
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4559
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Cast Bronze Durga slaying Mahishasura
South India
18th century
Inventory no.: 5179
SOLD
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Woven Rattan Comb
Teke People, Congo
19th century
Inventory no.: 4824
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Unusual Carved, Wooden Lime Spatula Shaped as a Hornbill
Massim People, Tobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4755
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Long-Spouted Brass Temple Oil Ewer
South India or Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 5244
SOLD
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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for May 2018
Enamelled Silver Necklace set with Coral
Berber people, Great Kabylia Region, Algeria
early to mid-20th century
Inventory no.: 5160
SOLD
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Woman's Enamelled Silver Shirt Stud Ornament (Ta'wiz-Janzir)
Himachal Pradesh, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4992
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Necklace (Kathla)
Delhi, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4911
SOLD
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Silver Belt Plaque
India, probably Udaipur (Mewar)
19th century
Inventory no.: 5153
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Braided Silver Girdle & Amulet Box
Andra Pradesh, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4987
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Orissa, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4950
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Orissa, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4951
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Pair of Silver 'Mulberry' Anklets/Bracelets
India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4948
SOLD
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Necklace of Rare Hollow ‘Pineapple’ Silver Beads
Yemen
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4017
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Flower-Form Ear Plugs
India, probably Delhi
19th century
Inventory no.: 4979
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Enamelled Silver Necklace (Chandraseni Har)
Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5019
SOLD
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Pair of Silver Anklets
Rajasthan, India
early 20th century
Inventoru no.: 5181
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Silver & Glass Necklace (Champkali Har)
Delhi, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4912
SOLD
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Superb Pair of Silver Spiked Cuff Bracelets (Azbi n’Iquorrain)
Ait Atta Berber People, South-Eastern Morocco
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5252
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Silver-Mounted Dagger ('Asib)
Arab Peoples, Yemen
19th century
Inventory no.: 5414
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Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels
North India
circa 1740
Inventory no.: 5217
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Carved Wooden Offering Box Shaped as a Tiger (Sajen)
Bali, Indonesia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5214
SOLD
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Pair of Carved Wooden Clogs
Malay People, Malaysia or Singapore
1800-1850
Inventory no.: 4735
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Srivajaya Cast Bronze Image of Four-Armed Kubera
Palembang region, Sumatra, Indonesia
8th-9th century
Inventory no.: 5362
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Cast Silver Image of Shiva with Bronze Yoni Base
Java, Indonesia
Classical Period, 9th century
Inventory no.: 5363
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Unusually Large Cast Bronze Buddha
Java or Sumatra, Indonesia
Classical Period, 8th century
Inventory no.: 5364
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Rare Cast Bronze Image of Twelve-Armed Chunda
Java, Indonesia, Classical Period
9th century
Inventory no.: 5361
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Enamelled & Niello Silver Book Binding
Georgia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5375
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Straits Chinese Embroidered & Couched Wedding Slippers
probably Malacca, Malay Peninsula or Singapore
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5222
SOLD
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Pair of Straits Chinese Embroidered & Couched Wedding Slippers
probably Malacca, Malay Peninsula
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 5297
SOLD
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Pair of Embroidered Slippers
Straits Settlements or China
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5304
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Islamic Sufi Flagellant's Whip with Horn & Bone Handle
Northern India or Iran/Persia
19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 5036
SOLD
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Tall, Standing Gilded Bronze Buddha
Thailand
Rattanakosin Period, 19th century
Inventory no. 4679
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Large Silver Water Container (Kendi)
Malay People, Riau or Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5401
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Fine Silver & Gilt Dagger (Kongdi Maja)
Bhutan
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3144
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Katar with Grip Overlaid in Thick Gold
India, probably Udaipur
18th century
Inventory no.: 3149
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Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha
Burma
18th century
Inventory no.: 272
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Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4089
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Magnificent Silver Teapot by Hamilton & Co.
Calcutta, India
circa 1830
Inventory no.: 3300
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