Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha
Burma
18th century
Inventory no.: 272
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Lacquered  Betel Box
Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 287
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Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)
Shan States, Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1205
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Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)
Burma
early 20th century
length: 99cm, height: 65cm, width: 62cm
Inventory no.: 1181
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Antiques & Art from Burma
Silver Necklace
Pegu, Burma
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 1466
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Dagger with Silver Mounts & Ivory Hilt
Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 1495
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Lacquered Letter Tube (Sa Dauk)
Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1532
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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 Burma (Myanmar) itself or Thailand 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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Cast Bronze Image of a Chin-lon Player
Pegu, Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1741
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Cast Bronze Image of an Archer
Pegu, Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 1784
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Large Temple Bell & Hanging Bracket
Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2153
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Ivory Bracelet (Akahaghi)
Naga People, India & Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 2371
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Gilded & Lacquered Offering Stand (Hsun-ok)
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2650
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Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Box & Stand (Sadaik)
Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2651
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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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Three Very Fine Cast Bronze Figures of Mothers & Babies by Maung Hpo Hla
Pegu, Burma
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2895
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Four-Piece Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holders
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3083
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U Thein Maung (Burma, 20th century)
Watercolour of Burmese dancing girl
dated 1957
size: 23cm x 16.5cm
Inventory no.: 988
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Myoe Win Aung, (Burma, b. 1972)
Watercolour ‘In the rain,’ 2010
size: 101cm x 77cm
Inventory no.: 1027
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Thike Htoon Zaw (Burma, b. 1987)
Oil on canvas, ‘Lonely (2)’ c. 2010
size: 76cm x 61cm
Inventory no.: 1024
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Thike Htoon Zaw (Burma, b. 1987)
Oil on canvas, ‘Lonely (1)’ c. 2010
size: 76cm x 61cm
Inventory no.: 1023
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‘Shan Chinese Old Man, Lashio, NSS’
Watercolour by Yatanabon Maung Su (1903-65)
Burma
Inventory no.: 1086
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Carved & Inlaid Ivory Dha Handle
Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 3441
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Carved Ivory Buddha & Wooden Stand
Burma
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3438
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Gilded Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3311
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Ivory Carving of Burma's King Thibaw & Queen Suphayarlat
Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 3559
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Gilded Lacquer & Wood Storage Box
Burma
19th -early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3648
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Rare, Gilded Cast Bronze Effigy of a Soldier, Relic from Shweibawgyn Pagoda
Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760
Inventory no.: 3898
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Burmese Paintings
Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt
Shan people, Burma
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4146
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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt
Shan people, Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4157
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Repoussed Silver Hinged Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4173
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Unusual Gilded, Lacquered Metal & Wood Manuscript Chest (Sadaik) & Large, Rare, 92-page Lacquered Manuscript
Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4051
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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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Gilded, Wooden Reclining Buddha in Parinibbana
Burma
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4330
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4497
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4498
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Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4499
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Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha
Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4450
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Metal Document Holder Encased in Finely Woven Rattan
Burma
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4235
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Rare Lacquered Brass Kammavaca
Burma
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4254
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Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca
Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4253
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Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca
Burma
early to mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 4569
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