Ganesh
Bengal
17th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 150
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Balakrishna
Tamil Nadu, India
16th century
Inventory no.: 165
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Rare Image of Camunda (Chamunda)
Northern India or Pakistan
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 749
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Conch-shaped Holy Water Libation Cup
Hindu India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1115
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Inscribed Bronze Lamp with Aristocratic Patron Devotee Figures
Nepal
Shah Period, dated Samvat 986 (1830)
Inventory no.: 1432
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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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Carved Black Basalt Stele of Shiva, Pavati & Nandi
Madhya Pradesh, North India
circa 9th-10th century
Inventory no.: 1992
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Carved Black Basalt Stele of Virabhadra
North India
circa 9th-10th century
Inventory no.: 1993
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Gilded, Cast Copper Alloy Image of Maitreya
Central Tibet
15th century
Inventory no.: 2340
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Bronze Image of Laksamana
South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2882
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Bronze Jain Shrine of a Jina Group
Gujarat, Western India
10th century
Inventory no.: 2909
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Bronze Jain Image probably of Neminatha with Traces of Silver Inlay
Gujarat, Western India
dated Samvat 1522 (AD 1496)
Inventory no.: 2911
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Jain Bronze Silver-Inlaid Pala Image of Ambika
Bihar, Eastern India
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 2906
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Jain Bronze Pala Image of Ambika
Bihar, Eastern India
circa 10th century
Inventory no.: 2907
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Chalukyan-style Durga
Deccan, India
circa 12th century
Inventory no.: 3027
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Bronze Jain Image with Traces of Silver Inlay
Gujarat, Western India
dated Samvat 1697
Inventory no.: 3076
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Brass Horse-Mounted Aiyanar
Pudukottai region, Tamil Nadu, South India
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3384
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Brass Horse-Mounted Aiyanar or Madurai Veeran
Tamil Nadu, South India
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3383
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Bronze Shiva as Virabhadra
Western Deccan, India
Vijayanagar period, circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 3553
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Carved Stone Ritual Conch or Trumpet Shell Stand
Western Deccan, Karnataka, India
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 3541
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Krishna as a Crawling Infant
Tamil Nadu, India
Vijayanagar Period, 14th century
Inventory no.: 3610
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Krishna as a Crawling Infant
Tamil Nadu, India
Vijayanagar Period, 15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 3609
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Cast Silver White Jambhala
Amdo Region, North-Eastern Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 3686
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Bronze Image of Vishnu
Karnataka, South India
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 3766
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Bronze Image of Bhu Devi
Tamil Nadu, South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 3769
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Inscribed Cast Brass Lamp with Oil Container & Matching Spoon
Kerala, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3736
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Bronze Nandi
South India
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4019
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Miniature Shaivaite Shrine
Maharashtra, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4249
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Bronze Image of Lakshmi or Sri Devi
South India
circa 15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 4412
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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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Cast Brass Image of Ganesh & his Vahana
Nepal
19th century
Inventory no.: 4342
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Rare Bronze Libation Conch Shell
India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4566
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