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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
Gilded Bronze Buddha
Burma
circa 14th-15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4589
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Cast Bronze Head of Buddha
Thailand
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4595
SOLD
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Bronze Seated Buddha or Disciple
Thailand
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 4597
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Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century
Inventory no.: 3945
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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for September 2017
- Each item on this page is for sale -
Cast Bronze Kneeling Disciple
Burma
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4585
SOLD
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Fine Chased Silver Box
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 3280
SOLD
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Spear Head & Carved Wooden Cover
Bali, Indonesia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4393
SOLD
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Cast Bronze or Brass Ritual Bell
Sarawak (Malaysia) or Brunei
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3956
SOLD
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Carved & Painted Wooden Figurative Comb
Nigeria
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3894
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Model of a Peacock, Gilded, Enamelled & set with Turquoise & Pearls
China
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 4667
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Four Burgaute Lacquered Scholar’s Cups Inlaid with Abalone Nacre & Silver
China
early 18th century
Inventory no.: 4373
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Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask
Tibet
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 4676
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Rare Clay & Polychrome Portrait Image of the Jonang Lama Dolpo Pa
Central or Southern Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4677
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Wooden Stool with Chased Copper Mounts & Original Carrying Chains
Kamba people, Kenya
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4669
SOLD
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Rare & Elaborate Silver-Clad Taribong Sword Hilt
Panay Bukidnon People, central Panay Island, Visayan Islands, Philippines
mid-20th century
Inventory no.: 4391
SOLD
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Rare & Elaborate Wooden Taribong Sword Hilt
Panay Bukidnon People, central Panay Island, Visayan Islands, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4392
SOLD
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Two Amber Pointed Cylinder Ear Plugs
Kachin People, Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4575
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Inscribed, Bronze Spouted Lota
Kerala, South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4700
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Rare Brass & Copper Ganga-Jumna Lota
Tanjore, South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4697
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Bell-Metal Long Spouted Kindi
Kerala, South India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4699
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Carved, Ritual Horn Seed Dispenser
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4671
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Pair of Silver Earrings (Tezabiten or Tsabit)
Tuareg People, Saharan Africa
probably 19th century
Inventory no.: 4209
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Damascened Sword with Carved Ivory Hilt
Bali, Indonesia
18th century
Inventory no.: 4651
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Kris with Gilded Silver Hilt
Bali, Indonesia
late 19th century
inventory no.: 4657
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Gilded Silver Garuda Pendant set with Turquoise, Pearls, Coral & Other Stones
Newar People, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4403
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Cast Solid Silver Standing Krishna
India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 4654
SOLD
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Islamic Wooden Panel Carved with Buraq & Deer
Persia/Iran
19th century
Inventory no.: 4627
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Miniature Bronze Pendant of a Standing Figure
Dogon People, Mali
19th century & possibly earlier
Inventory no.: 4217
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Miniature Bronze Pendant of a Prostrate Figure
Dogon People, Mali
19th century & possibly earlier
Inventory no.: 4216
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Rare Cast Brass Necklace
Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
19th century
Inventory no.: 4473
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Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider
Dogon People, Mali
19th century
Inventory no.: 4222
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Chief’s Bronze 'Tiered' Anklet with Bells
Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
19th century
Inventory no.: 4279
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Rare, Large Lacquer Tea Leaf Cylinder Box
Rakhine (Arakan) State, Western Burma
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 4543
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Elaborate Repoussed & Chased Colonial Silver Chutney Dish
Burma (Shan) & India (Hamilton & Co.)
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4640
SOLD
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Superb, Large Brown-Glazed Tapering Martaban Jar
Mon State, Lower Burma
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4687
SOLD
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Ceramic Tureen (Jobbana) with Polychrome Enamel
Fes, Morocco
19h century
Inventory no.: 3578
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Ceramic Tureen (Jobbana) with Polychrome Enamel
Fes, Morocco
19th century
Inventory no.: 3579
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Large Ceramic Deep Dish (Tabsil) with Polychrome Enamel
Fes, Morocco
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 3580
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Katar with Grip Overlaid in Thick Gold
India, probably Udaipur
18th century
Inventory no.: 3149
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Maharaja’s Parcel-Gilt Silver Plate Processional Fly Whisk Holder
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4540
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Bronze Jain Shrine of a Jina Group
Gujarat, Western India
10th century
Inventory no.: 2909
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Very Fine Silver Lime Container (Killotaya)
Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3381
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Fine, Painted Ivory Ayurvedic Medicine Jar & Cover
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 2739
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Fine Silver Filigree Box with Dutch Import Marks
Dutch Colonial Batavia, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 3718
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Fine Ifa Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920 or earlier
Inventory no.: 1865
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