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Tribal Art of Asia

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Raja's Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)
Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
length: 84cm
Inventory no.: 1112
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Raja's Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)
Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
length: 76cm
Inventory no.: 1111
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Rare Beetlewing Man's Shoulder Ornament
Naga Konyak People, Northeast India
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1411
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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 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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Large Ironwood Jorai (Jarai) Funerary Post
Central Highlands, Vietnam
19th century
height: 114cm
Inventory no.: 1804
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Rare Wooden Ancestor Figure Ritual Wine Server
Ifugao, Luzon, Northern Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1981
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Rare Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper
Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2449
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Naga Morung Female Figure
Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
late 19th century-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3357
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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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Rare Mandau or Parang Ilang Sword
Iban Dayak People, Saribas Region, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
19th century
Inventory no.: 3725
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Raja’s Large Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)
Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
length: 86cm
Inventory no.: 3705
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Rare Quilted, Embroidered & Woven Jacket
Shan or Related People, Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand or Laos
19th century
Inventory no.: 3739
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Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century
Inventory no.: 3930
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Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)
Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3988
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Fine, Carved Charm in the Form of a Couple
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3925
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Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3908
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Wood, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)
Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3914
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Wood, Hair, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)
Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3912
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Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th century
Inventory no.: 3870
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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4259
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Rare Burmese Amber Bead Necklace
Mizo People, Mizoram/Assam, India or Western Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4255
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Fine Glass Bead Necklace with Brass Trophy Heads
Naga People, Burma/India
late 19th century
Inventory no,: 4369
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Glass Bead Necklace
Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s
Inventory no.: 4232
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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace
Pyu Kingdom, Burma, Chin People, Western Burma, &  Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 4256
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Beaded Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4318
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Bead Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4260
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Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace
Mizo People, Western India, or Naga People, Burma/India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4399
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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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Two Amber Pointed Cylinder Ear Plugs
Kachin People, Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4575
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