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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
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 Chased Silver & Wood Wine Pourer
Georgia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4621
SOLD
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Wooden Strip Loom Reed Beater
Baule People, Ivory Coast
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3576
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Pair of Woman’s Niello Silver Ear Ornaments
Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, Russia
circa 1905
Inventory no.: 3763
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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for August  2017
Silver Box & Lid Covered in Silver Filigree
Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4402
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Large Drinking Horn with Gilded Copper Mounts
Tibet or wider Himalayan Region
19th century
Inventory no.: 3779
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Bronze Garuda Lamp Stand
Himachal Pradesh, Northern India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4486
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Cast Brass Paan or Betel Seller
India, probably Bombay
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 4134
SOLD
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Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)
Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3987
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Large Silver Yak Butter Lamp
Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4242
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Standing Brass Buddha
Sri Lanka
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4410
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Ottoman Reed Pen Box Finely Engraved with a Scene of the Bosphorus
Ottoman Empire
circa 1860
Inventory no.: 3683
SOLD
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Cast Bronze Buddha
Shan People, Eastern Burma
circa 18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4591
SOLD
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Chased Silver & Copper Ga’u Box set with a Coral Cabochon
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4129
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Carved & Inscribed Talismanic Protective Boar’s Tusk Pendant
Thailand
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4101
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Two Repoussed & Chased Silver Offering Bowls
Bali, Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3957
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Small 40-page Folding Book (Parabaik) on Mulberry Bark Paper
Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4251
SOLD
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Larger 36-page Magical Folding Book (Parabaik) on Mulberry Bark Paper
Shan States, Burma
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4252
SOLD
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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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Rare Mon-Style Silver-Leaf Kammavaca on Brass Sheet
Mon People, Lower Burma
18th century
Inventory no.: 3397
SOLD
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Coconut Shell Disk Necklace
Micronesia, probably Caroline Islands or Gilbert Islands
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4271
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Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century
Inventory no.: 3943
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Brass & Copper Candle Snuffer
Persia/Iran or India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4237
SOLD
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Chief's Gilded Silver ‘Frog’ Ring
Akan or Ashanti People, Ghana
early-mid 20th century
Inventory no.: 4623
SOLD
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Silver Lidded Bowl
Malay People, Riau or Southern Malay Peninsula
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4519
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Necklace of Brass Spools
Chin People, Western Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4477
RESERVED
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Silver Ring with Black Horn 'Stone'
Yemen, probably Saada
19th century
Inventory no.: 3283
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Selected Available Items from Past Catalogues
Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3932
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Carved Coconut Shell Penis Cover
Upper Sepik, New Guinea
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2935
SOLD
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Large Terracotta Glazed Tile Depicting Two of Mara’s Warriors
Shwegugyi Pagoda, Pegu, Burma
circa 1472
Inventory no.: 1781
SOLD
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Rare Matchlock Gun with Gold & Silver Mounts
Coorg, South India
18th century
Inventory no.: 1335
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Ivory-Inlaid Ebony Box
Vizagapatam, India
1720-30
Inventory no.: 2166
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Mughal Ivory Priming Flask (Barooddan)
Northern India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4385
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Ivory Comb with Polychrome
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4383
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Spanish Colonial Carved Drinking Gourd
Colonial South America, probably Peru
18th century
Inventory no.: 4269
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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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Complete, Rare Silver & Gold Head Ornament
Oman
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4012
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