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Tribal Art of Africa
Yoruba Gelede Dance Headdress
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 944
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Knobkierrie Club
Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
19th century
Inventory no.: 1019
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Incised Wooden Food Bowl
Chokwe People, Angola/Zambia/Congo
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 1065
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Carved Bowl attributed to the Carver Muhlati
Tsonga, Mozambique
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 1108
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Brass Bird-shaped Pipe
Cameroon
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1481
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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 Africa itself 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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Fine Ifa Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920 or earlier
Inventory no.: 1865
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Carved Wooden ‘Basket’ Camwood Powder Bowl & Cover
Kuba People, Congo
19th century
Inventory no.: 1897
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Carved Wooden Camwood Powder Box
Kuba People, Congo
19th century
Provenance: Sotheby's, 1984.
Inventory no.: 1898
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Wooden Divination Board (Opon Ifa)
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 1915
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Wooden Knobkerrie Club Carved with Honeycomb Head
Zulu, South Africa
19th century
Inventory no.: 1934
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Superb & Rare Carved Wooden Privilege Sceptre
Ovimbundu People, Angola
19th century (probably first half)
Inventory no.: 2004
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Carved Wooden Maternity Figure & Bowl, possibly by the Carver Agbonbiofe
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2032
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Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)
Yoruba People, Oyo Sub-group, Erin Region, Nigeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2204
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Carved Wooden Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
18th-19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2219
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Rare, Matched Pair of Male & Female Eshu Dance Wands
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 2226
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Rare Carved Wooden Processional Staff
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 2218
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Carved Wooden Chair
Ethiopia
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2118
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Egungun Headdress Carved by Baba Mola of Kesi
Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1939
Inventory no.: 2420
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Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace
Asante/Ashanti, Ghana
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2850
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Carved Wood Equestrian Altar Group of the Hunter-King Jagun-Jagun
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2816
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Figural Offering Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1938-39 (collected in Nigeria in 1938-39)
Inventory no.: 2421
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Fine Male Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)
Oyo-Yoruba People, Oyo Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2863
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Local King’s Asipim Chair
Ashanti People, Ghana
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2938
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Chief’s Axe-Knife
Nsapo & Wongo Peoples, Congo
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3000
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Bronze Currency Anklet
Baule People, Ivory Coast
19th century
Inventory no.: 3001
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Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets
Nigeria
18th century
Inventory no.: 3091
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Fine, Carved Wooden Sling Shot
Baule People, Ivory Coast
probably 19th century
Inventory no.: 3115
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Songye Androgynous Power Figure
Songye People, Congo
first half of the 20th century
Inventory no.: 3105
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Shango Oshe Dance Wand
Yoruba People, Egbado Tribe, Igan Okoto, Nigeria
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3108
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Pair of Ceremonial Staffs
Yoruba People, Ogboni Society, Nigeria
early to mid-20th century
Inventory no.: 3119
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Eshu Dance Wand
Yoruba People, Egba Tribe, Abeokuta, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3107
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Pair of Eshu Dance Wands
Yoruba People, Egba/Egbado Tribe, Abeokuta, Nigeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3109
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Dagger Handle & Case Associated with Colonel Fred Burnaby
North Africa/England
19th century
Inventory no.: 3303
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Cast Copper Do Cult Anklet
Bwa people, Burkino Faso
19th century
Inventory no.: 3507
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Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji), Yoruba People
Yagba Tribe, Egbe Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3498
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Superb Pair of Ibeji Figures (Ere Ibeji)
Yoruba People, Oyo Tribe, Shaki Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3497
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Fine Knobkerrie Dance Club
Southern Africa
19th century
Inventory no.: 3416
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Carved Wooden Figure of Queen Victoria
Yoruba, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3539
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Fine Pair of Cast & Etched Bronze Bracelets
West Africa, possibly Sierra Leone
19th century
Inventory no.: 3585
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Carved Wooden Maternity Figure & Lidded Bowl, possibly by the Carver Agbonbiofe
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3994
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Janus-Headed Shango Dancing Wand
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 3890
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Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set
Kikuyu People, Kenya
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4047
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Very Rare Cast Brass Necklace
Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
19th century
Inventory no.: 4046
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Cast Brass Gold Weight
Ashanti or Asante People, Ghana
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4033
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Carved Wooden Fertility Doll (Akuaba)
Ashanti/Asante People, Ghana
19th century
Inventory no.: 3895
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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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Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate
Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4267
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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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Female Head Privilege Sceptre
Ovimbundu People, Angola
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 3733
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Carved Steatite Nomoli Figure
Sierra Leone
15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4228
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Woman’s Large Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4257
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Carved Wooden Gelede Mask
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4335
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Carved Horn Divination Image of Eshu
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4574
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Woman’s Ivory Gungulu Bracelet
Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4258
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Wooden Strip Loom Reed Beater
Baule People, Ivory Coast
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3576
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Carved & Painted Wooden Figurative Comb
Nigeria
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3894
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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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Carved Wooden Prestige Sceptre
Ovimbundu People, Angola
19th century
Inventory no.: 4516
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Wooden Door Lock (Konbalabala)
Bamana people, Mali
circa 1920
Provenance: Christie's London, 1996.
Inventory no.: 846
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Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate
Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4268
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Nine Copper ‘X’ Currency Crosses
Luba & Yeke People, Katanga Province, Congo
19th century
Inventory nos: 4462-4470
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Unusual Pair of Bronze Ogboni Staves
Yoruba People
Nigeria, early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3104
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Pair of Engraved Silver Bracelets
Nubian People, North-East Africa
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3664
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Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)
Kirdi and Matakam People, North Cameroon
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4274
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