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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 India 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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Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha
Burma
18th century
Inventory no.: 272
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Cast Bronze Figure of an Elderly Man (One of the Buddha's Four Omens)
Burma
19th century
inventory no.: 2712
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Carved Ivory Buddha & Wooden Stand
Burma
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3438
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Silver Buddha Votive Offering
Thailand
19th century
Inventory no.: 2968
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Crowned Head of Buddha
Thailand
late 16th century
Inventory no.: 2581
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Inscribed Bronze Seated Buddha
Northern Thailand/Laos
16th century
Inventory no.: 3221
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Terracotta Buddhist Votive Tablet with Traces of Red Lacquer & Gilding
Thailand
18th or early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3437
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Gilded Bronze Buddha or Attendant
Thailand
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3339
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Kandyan Period Gilded Standing Bronze Buddha
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 3868
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Rare Early Ayutthaya/U-Thong Style Gold Buddha Plaque
Ayutthaya, Thailand
mid-14th century
Inventory no.: 4083
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Gilded, Wooden Reclining Buddha in Parinibbana
Burma
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4330
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Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha
Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4450
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Rare Standing Brass Image of the Buddhist Protector Upulvan (Vishnu)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3869
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Large Kandyan Period Cast Brass Standing Buddha
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4584
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Gilded Bronze Image of Budai
China
Ming Dynasty, circa 16th century
Inventory no. 4503
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Cast Bronze Amitayus
Tibet
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4587
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Standing Brass Buddha
Sri Lanka
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4410
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Gilded Bronze Buddha
Burma
circa 14th-15th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 4589
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Bronze Seated Buddha or Disciple
Thailand
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 4597
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Rare Cast Bronze Seated Buddha
Laos
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4593
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