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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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Small Cast Silver Figure of a Dancer
Burma
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 4774
SOLD
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Ram Darbar Temple Token (Ramatanka)
India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4408
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Terracotta Ribbed Jar with Brown Glaze
North-Eastern Thailand
14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4693
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Two Pair of Ivory Ear Plugs
Karen People, Eastern Burma
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4303
SOLD
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Large Terracotta Vase with Rare Crab & Seaweed Designs & Cream Glaze
Vietnam
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4678
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Bronze Spouted Lota
Kerala, South India
17th century
Inventory no.: 4698
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Terracotta Makara Roof Tile Finial Fragment
Thailand
Sukhothai Period, 14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4686
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Unusual Large Lotus Pattern Stoneware Plate
Thailand
15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 4694
RESERVED
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Rare Terracotta Dish decorated with Black Crow Pattern
Kalong, Northern Thailand
14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4692
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Large Terracotta Makara & Naga Stair-Head or Roof Tile Finial
Thailand
Sukhothai Period, 14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4683
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Terracotta Makara Roof Tile Finial Fragment
Thailand
Sukhothai Period, 14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 4684
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Large Bronze Vishnu
South India
Vijaynagara Period, circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4539
RESERVED
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Cast Bronze Seated Buddha
Cambodia
17th century
Inventory no.: 4594
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Bronze Deepalakshmi Lamp
Deccan or South India
16th-17th century
Inventory no.: 4565
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Cast Bronze Seated Buddha
Mandalay, Burma
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4598
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Silver Necklace with Three Attached Silver Amulet Boxes with Coral Beads
Hadhramaut Region, Yemen
19th century
Inventory no.: 4136
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Terracotta Buddha Votive Plaque
Burma
probably Pagan period, 12th century
Inventory no.: 4688
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Rare Piha-Kaetta
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4389
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Two Cast Brass Gold Dust Weights in the Form of Sandals
Ashanti or Asante People, Ghana
18th century
Inventory no.: 4197
SOLD
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Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate
Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4268
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Single Ivory Ear Plug
Karen People, Eastern Burma
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4304
SOLD
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Three Dance Masks (Khon)
Thailand or Cambodia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4508
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Pair of Long Ivory Ear Plugs
Karen People, Eastern Burma
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4302
SOLD
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Nine Copper ‘X’ Currency Crosses
Luba & Yeke People, Katanga Province, Congo
19th century
Inventory nos: 4462-4470
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Silver-Gilt Belt Buckle with Polychrome Enamel & Filigree
Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th century
Inventory no.: 4666
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Engraved & Inscribed Silver Spouted Lota or Aftaba
India
16th century
Inventory no.: 4695
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Superb Official’s Gold, Turquoise & Glass Ear Pendant & Box
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4072
SOLD
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Gold Wound-Wire Ring
Central Java, Indonesia
Protoclassic Period, AD200-700
Inventory no.: 1985
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Magnificent Wooden & Polychrome Winged Lion (Singa Bersayap)
Bali, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4790
RESERVED
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Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl & Bone Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab)
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 4752
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Ivory Lidded Box decorated with Red & Green Enamel
Sri Lanka or India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4808
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Parcel-Gilded Silver Buckle
Balkans
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4672
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Silver Filigree Belt Buckle with Tugra
Ottoman Turkey
19th century
Inventory no.: 4578
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Two Terracotta Tile Finials
Si Satchanalai, Thailand
14th-15th century
Inventory no.: 1578
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Large, Painted Wooden Chest with Brass Fittings
Kerala, South India
20th century
Inventory no.: 4638
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Large, Ceremonial ‘Prestige’ Axe with Greenstone Blade
New Guinea Highlands, probably Wahgi People
early 1900s
Inventory no.: 4647
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Small Brass & Copper Vajra
Tibet
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4220
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Pair of Brass Vajra Hair Ornaments
Tibet
18th century
Inventory no.: 4224
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Silver Lidded Chest
Kutch, India
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 4710
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Hand-Held Cast Brass Dharmachakra Mace
Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4435
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Small Devotional Theppanom Tile with Cream Glaze
Thailand
15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 4691
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Gilded Lacquered Round Platter or Tray
Burma
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4786
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Rare, Enamelled & Pierced Silver Chilam Cover
North India, probably Lucknow
18th century
Inventory no.: 4830
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Unusually Large Brass Lota Vase overlaid with Silver & Copper
Tanjore (Thanjavur), South India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4829
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New Items for November 2017
Pair of Cast Brass Lakshmi Dipa Lamps
South India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4833
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Pichangatti Knife & Scabbard with Fine Silver & Gold Mounts
Coorg, South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4811
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Seven Engraved Silver ‘Medicine’ Spoons
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 2450
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Noble's Fine, Silver Tea Pot
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4053
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Massive Silver Prayer Wheel (‘Khor)
Tibet
18th-19th century
length: 106cm
Inventory no.: 1323
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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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Inscribed & Dated Spanish Colonial Silver Host or Offering Plate
probably South America or Mexico
dated 1761
Inventory no.: 4358
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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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