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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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Selected Available Items from Past Catalogues
Rare Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box with Chased Silver Mounts
probably Dutch East Indies, Batavia/Sumatra
18th century
Inventory no.: 4626
SOLD
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Dutch Colonial Ivory Betel Box with Gold Mounts
Dutch East Indies
18th century
Inventory no.: 4110
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Rare Pair of Tall, Fine, Silver Filigree-Clad Glass Flasks
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4652
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Rare Gilded Silver ‘Bur’ Ring
Akan People, Ghana
early-mid 20th century
Inventory no.: 4622
SOLD
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Pair of Enamelled Silver Peacocks
Jaipur, India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 4619
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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4618
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Rare Cast Bronze Seated Buddha
Laos
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4593
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Gold Necklace
South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4567
SOLD
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Three Ming Dynasty Carved Wooden Daoist Figures with Polychrome
China
Reign of Zhengde (1505–1521)
Inventory  no.: 4629
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Carved Wooden Prestige Sceptre
Ovimbundu People, Angola
19th century
Inventory no.: 4516
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Finely Carved Nut with Silver Mounts
South India, probably Madras
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 4658
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Silver Filigree Dish
probably India
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4612
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Champleve Enamelled & Gilded Bronze Stupa with Jataka Tales
China
Ming Dynasty, circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4541
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Michael Backman Ltd
New Items for October 2017
- Each item on this page is for sale -
Superb Copper Teapot with Fine, Pierced Silver Mounts
Tibet
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4538
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High-Grade Silver Fluted Holy Water Vessel (Lota)
India
circa 1860
Inventory no.: 4655
SOLD
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Colonial Silver Filigree Lidded Box & Tray
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
18th century
Inventory no.: 4614
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Bronze Shrine of Vishnu & Consorts
South India
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4357
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Brass Pinangpanga Linglingo Pendant
Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 3878
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Chased & Engraved Pendang Lurus Sword
Java, Indonesia
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 4043
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Cast Brass 'Precious' Elephant
Tibet or Nepal
18th century
Inventory no.: 4653
SOLD
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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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Fine Mughal Silver Salver (Thali)
Deccan or Northern India
18th century
Inventory no.: 4664
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Silver & Ivory Prayer Wheel (‘Khor)
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4757
SOLD
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Exquisite Gilded-Silver Imperial Dragon Head Piece Decorated with Kingfisher Feathers, Coral & Pearls
China
circa 1820
Inventory no.: 4722
SOLD
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Fine Burlwood Tsampa Box with Silver Filigree Mounts & Lapis Lazuli, Coral & Turquoise
Mongolia
19th century
Inventory no.: 4732
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Large, Fine, Painted Ivory Flask & Stopper
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4771
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Beaded & Coin-Decorated Woman’s Face Veil
Harb People, Hijaz region,  Saudi Arabia
1920s
Inventory no.: 4729
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Fine, Silver-Clad Wooden Tea Bowl
Mongolia
circa 1925
Inventory no.: 4723
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Unusual Repoussed Silver Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 4714
SOLD
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Pair of Enamelled Gold Diamond Earrings
Jaipur, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4069
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Enamelled Gold Diamond Necklace
Jaipur, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4070
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Gold & Pearl Tikka Pendant
Jaipur, India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3517
SOLD
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Superb Silver Chauka-form Lingam Pendant
Karnataka, South India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4754
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Gilded Silver Turban Ornament (Sarpech) with Peridots, Rock Crystal & a Baroque Pearl
India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4773
SOLD
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Repoussed Silver Bowl
Burma
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 4719
SOLD
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Islamic Sufi Flagellant's Spiked Whip
Northern India or Iran/Persia
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4758
SOLD
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Pair of Gold, Diamond & Emerald Swaying Earrings (Jimki)
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4791
SOLD
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Enamelled Gold Jadau Pendant Set with Diamonds & Pearls
Northern India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 4615
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Gold Earrings set with Diamonds, Emeralds & Rubies
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 4625
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Flexible, Pierced, Silver Armlet (Bazuband)
Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4795
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Inscribed, Flexible Silver Armlet (Bazuband)
Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4568
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Flexible Silver Armlet (Bazuband)
Rajasthan, India
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4761
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Crescent-shaped Silver Bangle
India, probably Gujarat
19th century
Inventory no.: 4769
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Silver Filigree Incense Burner (Sahumador) Modelled as a Turkey
Peru, probably Ayucucho
19th century
Inventory no.: 4796
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Silver & Copper Ga’u Box inlaid with Turquoise
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4799
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Rare Carved Wooden Processional Staff
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 2218
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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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Rare Early Ayutthaya/U-Thong Style Gold Buddha Plaque
Ayutthaya, Thailand
mid-14th century
Inventory no.: 4083
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Fine, Carved Charm in the Form of a Couple
Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3925
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Rare Burmese Amber Bead Necklace
Mizo People, Mizoram/Assam, India or Western Burma
19th century
Inventory no.: 4255
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Bead Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4260
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Gilded Clasp set with Turquoise & Coral
Tibet
19th century
Inventory no.: 4148
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Bronze Nandi
South India
circa 16th century
Inventory no.: 4019
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