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Islamic Art from Southeast Asia
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Malay Water Container
Sumatra, Indonesia
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 328
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Large Brass Gong (Tawak-tawak)
Sarawak (Malaysia) or Brunei
early 20th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 431
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Two Malay Brass Water Jars with Lids
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 321
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Malay Water Kettle for Hand Washing
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 327
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Engraved Silver Humidor
Brunei
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 29
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 639
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 640
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Silver Betel / Tobacco Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 641
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Nine Early Post Cards of Southeast Asian Sultans & other Islamic Rulers
Inventory no.: 684
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Engraved Malay Brass Betel or Tobacco Box
Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 314
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Brass Malay/Minangkabau Cash Box
Minangkabau people, Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1122
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Batik Headcloth (Iket Kepala) with Stylised Moth (Kupu-Kupu) Motifs
Java, Indonesia
late 19th century
dimensions: 105cm x 105cm
Inventory no.: 1146
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Brass Cannon (Lantaka)
Sarawak (Malaysia) or Brunei
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1159
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Seven Courtly Belt Buckles with Semi Precious Stones
Central Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1191
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Silk Ceremonial Jacket (Baju) with Gold Brocade
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1498
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Chased Silver Beaker
Java, Indonesia
circa 1920-30
Inventory no.: 1503
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Brass Cast Kendi
Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1580
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Dagger (Tumbok Lada) with Parrot-shaped Horn Hilt
Malay, Malaysia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1538
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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 Indonesia or Malaysia 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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Kris Tajong with Zoomorphic Carved Wooden Hilt
Kelantan, Malaysia, or Southern Thailand
19th century
Inventory no.: 1840
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Highly Unusual Kris with Ebony Scabbard and Hilt Carved as a Dutch Resident, and with a Jawi Inscription
Madura, Indonesia
circa 1820
Inventory no.: 2010
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Fine Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2085
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Polychrome & Wood Wayang Klitik Puppet of an Arab Merchant
East Java, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2161
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Woman's Embroidered Vest (Baju Mesirat)
Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1968
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1967
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1966
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Unusual Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1965
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1964
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1963
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Woman's Embroidered Vest (Baju Mesirat)
Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2127
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Exceptional Carved Ivory Kris Handle
Madura, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2225
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Rare Pair of Gold Cuff Bracelets (Tigero Tedong)
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2237
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Gold Filigree Bracelet (Galang Gadang)
Minangkabau People, West Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2238
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Large, Engraved Silver Betel Box with Gold Top
Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2245
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Cast Brass Spittoon (Ketur)
Kelantan, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2109
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Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 2509
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Sewar Dagger with Ivory & Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 2403
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Large Chased Silver Bowl (Batil)
Malay People, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2566
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Tiger-Motif Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 2402
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Brass Shield (Buckler)
Minangkabau People for the Aceh Market, Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2598
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Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 2404
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Unusual Sewar Dagger with Wood & Silver Mounts
North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2510
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Large Cast Brass Lime Container
Toba Batak People, North Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2708
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Amboyna Wood Betel Box with Silver Mounts
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
first half of the 18th century
provenance: Russian royal family, by repute
Inventory no.: 2722
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Engraved Silver Betel/Tobacco Box with Engraved Gold Plaque
Sumatra, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2106
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Dance Mask (Topeng) of Prince Panji, Signed by Warno Waskito
Central Java, Indonesia
20th century
Inventory no.: 276
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Kris with Fine Blade & Silver Mounts
Sumatra or Malay Peninsula
19th century and earlier
Inventory no.: 2745
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Rare Sewar Dagger with Hippopotamus Mounts Including a Clenched Fist Hilt
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Invenory no.: 2862
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Carved Royal Ivory, Gold & Suasa Siwaih
Aceh, Indonesia
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2861
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Carved Islamic Ironwood Funerary Post
Kutai, Borneo (Indonesia)
early 20th century
height: 189cm
Inventory no.: 2866
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Carved Islamic Ironwood Funerary Post
Kutai, Borneo (Indonesia)
early 20th century
height: 197cm
Inventory no.: 2865
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Inscribed & Carved Islamic Ironwood Funerary Post
Kutai, Borneo (Indonesia)
early 20th century
height: 163.5cm
Inventory no.: 2864
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Kris with Fine ‘Rose’ Blade & Silver Mounts
Sumatra or Malay Peninsula
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2856
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Rare & Large Silver Alloy Bowl with Wayang Figures
Riau or Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 2898
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Silver-Inlaid Brass Betel Box (Lutuan)
Islamic Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2998
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Rare Malay Brass Lidded Vessel in Thai Style
Northern Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3030
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Silver & Gilt Betel Box Set
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3229
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Silver-Mounted Klewang
South Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3243
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Iron Trisula
Java, Indonesia
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3298
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Kris with Jawa Demam Hippopotamus Ivory Hilt & Gilded Silver Scabbard
Malay Peninsula
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3218
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Large, Chased Silver Bowl
Malay People, Malaysia or Sumatra
19th century
Inventory no.: 3289
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Kampilan Machete
Maguindanao People, Mindanao, Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 3454
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Barong Sword & Sheaf with Silver Mounts
Tausug People, Jolo Island, Sulu Region, Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 3436
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Six Chased Silver Bowls (Batil) and Matching Dishes (Pinggin)
Malay Peninsula
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3548
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Malay Sewar Dagger with Horn & Silver Mounts
Malay Peninsula or Sumatra
19th century
Inventory no.: 3554
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Velvet Wedding Awning with Couching & Applique Work (Tirai)
Malay People, Sumatra, Indonesia & Malay Peninsula
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3557
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Silver Filigree Heart-Shaped Box
Dutch East Indies, possibly Batavia or Sumatra
18th century
Inventory no. 3520
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Fine Sewar Dagger with Hippopotamus Ivory & Engraved Silver Mounts
Sumatra/Malay Peninsula
19th century
Inventory no.: 3587
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Silver-Inlaid Brass Wedding Vessel (Gadur)
Islamic Moro People, Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2828
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Silver-Inlaid Brass Wedding Vessel (Gadur)
Islamic Moro People, Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2829
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Rare Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt
Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3595
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Rare, Unusually Large Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt
Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3594
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Cast Copper Alloy Talismanic Pendant (Taijanja)
Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3679
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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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Covered Silver Alloy Pedestal Bowl
Coastal Regions, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3991
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Gem-Set Gilded & Silver Filigree Ear Plug Ornaments
Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3958
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk ‘Winged Dragon’ Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3817
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia or East Coast Malaysia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3818
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Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Cirebon, North Coast of Java, Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4158
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Carved Horn Kris Hilt
Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4159
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Unusually Large Silver-Inlaid Brass Betel Box (Lutuan)
Islamic Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4347
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Finely Carved Wooden Kris Hilt
Patani, Southern Thailand/Northern Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4556
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Carved Striped Wooden Kris Hilt
Madura, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4553
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Rare Stylised Ganesh Brass Kris Hilt
South Sumatra, Indonesia
17th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4555
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Rare Kris Hilt of a Lion-Maned Figure
East Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4554
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Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Tua) Fragment
Pubian People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3821
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Opened Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Tua)
Pubian People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3820
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Colonial Silver Filigree Lidded Box & Tray
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
18th century
Inventory no.: 4614
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Chased & Engraved Pendang Lurus Sword
Java, Indonesia
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4043
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