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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 Thailand or Indonesia 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, Inscribed, High-Grade Silver Zoroastrian Ritual Ses Tray
Parsi (Parsee) People, India, probably Bombay
19th century
Inventory no.: 5136
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Four Zoroastrian Ritual Objects in High-Grade Silver
Parsi (Parsee) People, Bombay, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5135
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Gilded Silver Filigree Bracelet with Coral & Enamel
China
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4035
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Gilded Silver Filigree Bracelet with Hand-Painted Ivory Panels
China
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4034
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Silver Filigree & Jade Bracelet
China
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4036
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Colonial Silver & Coral Hinged Bracelet
Algeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 5084
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New Items for April 2018
Necklace of Three Gold Kokke Thathi Pendants
Coorg People Tamil Nadu, South India
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5183
SOLD
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Peranakan Beaded Wedding Purse with Silver Fittings (Oh Pao)
Straits Chinese People, Malay Peninsula
circa 1910
Inventory no.: 5218
SOLD
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Peranakan Embroidered Wedding Purse (Oh Pao)
Straits Chinese People, Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5219
SOLD
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Peranakan Embroidered Wedding Purse (Oh Pao)
Straits Chinese People, Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5220
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Gold & Pearl Nose Ring (Nath)
India
18th century
Inventory no.: 5060
SOLD
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Engraved Brass Alam Finial
Deccan, India
dated 1199 AH (1784 AD)
inventory no.: 4337
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Gold Gajalakshmi Hair Ornament
Tamil Nadu, South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5185
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Necklace of Rare Gilded Silver Beads Overlaid with Blue Kingfisher Feathers
China
19th century
Inventory no.: 5221
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Gold, Turquoise, Ruby & Pearl Nose Ring (Nath)
India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5186
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Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Opium Pipe Head Stand with Six Pipe Bowls
China
19th century
Inventory no.: 5128
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Woman’s Kibla Compass Shaped as a Gold Mango Pendant
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5073
RESERVED
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Gold Mounted Comb
Turkmen People, Central Asia
19th century
inventory no.: 5180
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Chased Silver Betel Set with Engraved Octagonal Pewter Stand
Peranakan Chinese Community, Java, Indonesia
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5166
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Cast Brass Water Vessel (Kendi)
Minangkabau People, Malaysia/Sumatra
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4926
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Gold & Pearl Nose Ring (Nath)
India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5191
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Gold Tubular Earrings (Puchikudu)
Tamil Nadu, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5063
RESERVED
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Gold Earrings (Kathila)
Kerala, South India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5062
RESERVED
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Gold & Pearl (Bugdi or Koppu) Ear Studs
Western India
18th-19th century
inventory no.: 5190
RESERVED
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Kendi with Green-Glazed Chinese Earthenware & Engraved Brass Mounts
Peranakan Chinese, Java, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4416
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Cast Brass Headrest-Shaped Betel Box
Sumatra, Indonesia
18th century
Inventory no.: 5043
SOLD
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Pair of Woman’s Gold Earrings (Chepti Sun)
Nepal
mid-19th century
Inventory no.: 3527
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Gem-Inset Gilded Copper Breast Plate (Suta or Konchi)
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 5147
SOLD
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Standing Bronze Buddha
Thailand, Chiang Saen Period
14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4680
SOLD
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Bronze Image of Standing Hanuman
India
circa 17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4810
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Gold Parsi (Parsee) Portrait Brooch set with Fifty Diamonds, & another Portrait
Bombay, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 5137
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Unusual, Fine, Inscribed Brass Seated Buddha
Shan People, Eastern Burma
18th century
Inventory no.: 4674
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Gold Hinged Makara Bangle
South India or Goa
19th century
Inventory no.: 5193
SOLD
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Painted Folding Book (Parabaik)
Burma
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5017
SOLD
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Painted Folding Book (Parabaik)
Burma
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5016
SOLD
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Lacquered, Carved Wooden Image probably of Pi Lu Zhe Nafo (Vairocana)
Malaya or China
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 5239
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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The Mughal Seal of Khair un-nisa Begum Sahiba, Daughter of Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal Emperor
Seized during the Indian Mutiny in 1857, Delhi, India
dated 1845, and inscribed 'September 20, 1857, Delhi'
Inventory no.: 4753
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Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)
Fiji
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2940
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Noble's Fine, Silver Tea Pot
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4053
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Ivory & Silver Tea Bowl
Royal Family of Bhutan, Bhutan
19th century
Inventory no.: 4571
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Shell & Silver Lotus Stand by Wang Hing
China
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4181
SOLD
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Four Burgaute Lacquered Scholar’s Cups Inlaid with Abalone Nacre & Silver
China
early 18th century
Inventory no.: 4373
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Rare Piha-Kaetta
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4389
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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4618
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3840
SOLD
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