Michael Backman Ltd
Extraordinary Things
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Rare Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)
Spanish Colonial Guatemala
18th century
Inventory no.: 848
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Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 1010
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Exceptional Bronze Hamsa Finial
South India
early 17th century
Inventory no.: 1406
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Mughal Brass Ewer, Engraved & with Dark Lac Inlay
Northern India (probably Lahore)
mid 17th to early 18th century
Inventory no.: 1302
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Exceptionally Rare Colonial Crocodile Ivory Snuff Container in the form of a Mestizo Woman, with Silver Mounts
Portuguese Goa, India
late 17th century
Inventory no.: 1390
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Two Very Rare Parcel-Gilded ‘Cadogan’ Style Copper & Silver Ritual Wine Ewers
Nepal
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1449
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Silver Filigree Paan Box
Dutch East Indies (Batavia), or possibly India (Goa)
17th century
Inventory no.: 1554
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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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Rare Carved Wooden Processional Staff
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 2218
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Gilded, Cast Copper Alloy Image of Maitreya
Central Tibet
15th century
Inventory no.: 2340
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Satinwood & Mahogany Writing Box with Silver Mounts
Coromandel Coast, South India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2325
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Life-sized Ancestor Figure
Sepik Region, New Guinea
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2181
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Pair of Exceptional Parcel-Gilded Silver Filigree Salvers
Karimnagar, Deccan, India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2443
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Rare Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2613
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Set of Sacred Gold Regalia for a King
Central Java, Indonesia
circa 800 AD
Inventory no.: 2221
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Massive Silver Prayer Wheel (‘Khor)
Tibet
18th-19th century
length: 106cm
Inventory no.: 1323
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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 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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Wooden and Lacquered Tomb Guardian Figure (Zhenmushou)
Southern China
Warring States Period  475-221 BC
(Dating verified with Radiocarbon analysis)
Inventory no.: 2868
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Rare Enamelled Silver & Leather Hookah Base
Lucknow, India
18th century
Inventory mo.: 3026
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Exceptionally Rare & Early Huanghuali Writing Box with Engraved Paktong Mounts
China for the Dutch East India Company (VOC)
circa 1640
Inventory no.: 3153
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Inscribed Bronze Seated Buddha
Northern Thailand/Laos
16th century
Inventory no.: 3221
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Exceptional, Large & Rare Silver Ritual Wine Chalice
Pre-Islamic North-West Frontier (Nuristan), Afghanistan
16th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3355
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Complete Dance Costume with Rare Five-Headed Headdress
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3112
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Ruby-Set Gold Covered Sri Yantra to Adorn a Temple Statue
South India
17th-18th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2478
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Magnificent Chinese Export Embroidered Silk Bed Canopy or Cover
China, made for the English Market
circa 1770
Inventory no.: 3549
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Superb Palace Door & Frame
Bali, Indonesia
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3575
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Magnificent Silver Teapot by Hamilton & Co.
Calcutta, India
circa 1830
Inventory no.: 3300
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Large Carved Ivory Fan Handle
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3584
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Woman's Wooden Stilted Clogs with Engraved Silver Mounts (Qabqab)
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 3589
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Extremely Rare, Large Silver Bodice Piece set with Seventy-Four Large Table Cut Diamonds
Viceroyalty of New Spain, probably the Captaincy General of Guatemala
1680-1720
Inventory no.: 3614
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Enamelled Silver Hookah Vase
Lucknow, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3601
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Set of Eight Carved & Pierced Mother-of-Pearl Shells Decorated with the Nativity, the Last Supper & so on
Palestine
1830s-1860s
Inventory no.: 3701
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Kangxi Blue & White Hookah Base with Chased Silver Mounts
China for the Islamic Indian or Persian Market
late 17th-early 18th century
Inventory no.: 3852
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Ceremonial Nephrite Jade Ewer
Eastern Tibet or Mongolia
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 3860
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Rare Enamelled Silver Armenian Orthodox Altar Cross
Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3864
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Unusually Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box
Dutch East Indies, or possibly India
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 4052
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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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Rare Dutch Colonial Betel Box in Ivory with Pierced Silver Mounts
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
18th century
Inventory no.: 4126
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Silver Shivalingam set with a Single, Massive 189-carat Emerald Lingam
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4177
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Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3870
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Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts
India, probably Goa
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 4078
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Silver Shivalingam Shrine with Attendant Nandi, set with Carnelian & Pearls
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4176
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Complete, Rare Silver & Gold Head Ornament
Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4012
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Parcel-Gilt Silver Vase of Immortality with Coral & Turquoise Cabochons
Nepal/Tibet
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3635
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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Superb Necklace of Gold Beads
Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century
Inventory no.: 4498
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Rare Mughal Floral-Form Ivory Hilt with Polychrome
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4387
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