Repousse Silver Dish
Kandy, Sri Lanka (Ceylon )
19th century
Inventory no.: 840
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Large Ceremonial Brass Tazza (Dalumura Tatuva)
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 960
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Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 1010
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Matara 'Diamond' Brooch with Gold & Silver Mounts
Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 1187
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Repoussed Silver Dish
Kandy, Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 1261
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Woven Cane Jewellery Basket with Brass Mounts (Vel-pettiya)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1292
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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 or Sri Lanka 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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Colonial Carved Settee
Galle District, Sri Lanka
circa 1840
Inventory no.: 1591
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Massive Ebony-Inlaid Teak Document Box
Dutch Colonial Sri Lanka
late 17th-18th century
Provenance: The Lairds of Blair, Blair Castle, Scotland
Inventory no.: 1712
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Finely Carved Eight-Sided Ebony Measure or Staff
Sri Lanka
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 1656
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Silver & Gold Brooch/Pendant Set with Matara ‘Diamonds’
Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 2000
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'The natives of Ceylon are very crafty and grand artists in the working of gold, silver, ivory, iron and all metals, which is a marvel to see, and which is held
in very high esteem through all India, and carries a price above that of all other Indians'

- the Dutch merchant & traveller Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563-1611) , writing around 1584.
Long-Spouted Brass Temple Oil Ewer
Sri Lanka or South India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2364
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Silver & Ivory Mounted Piha-Kaetta Dagger & Scabbard
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 2375
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Gold Ring Cast with Kirtimukha Faces & Set with a Garnet
Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2341
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Repoussed Silver ‘Moonstone’ Dish
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2727
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Fine, Painted Ivory Ayurvedic Medicine Jar & Cover
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 2739
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Silver Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’ & Coral
Southern Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2694
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Carved Ebony Box
Galle, Sri Lanka
circa 1830
Inventory no.: 2869
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‘Star Burst’ Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’
Southern Coast, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2695
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Polychrome Pottery Tile
Kandy, Sri Lanka
1800-1850
Inventory no.: 3024
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Piha-Kaetta Dagger with Brass & Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 3133
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Repoussed Silver Tray
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3152
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Carved Ebony Box
Galle, Sri Lanka
circa 1800
Inventory no.: 3173
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Crucified Christ in Ivory with Polychrome Remnants
Sri Lanka
circa 1600
Inventory no.: 3278
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Rare Chased Silver Lidded Box Inset with Semi-Precious Stones
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3044
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Engraved Brass Water Bottle (Surai)
India or Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3256
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Unusual Miniature Woven Brass Wire Jewellery Basket (Vel-pettiya)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3305
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Very Fine Silver Lime Container (Killotaya)
Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3381
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Sinhalese Palm Leaf Book and Polychrome Covers (Ola)
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3185
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Tortoiseshell Box with Fitted Compartments & Gilded Mounts
Galle District, Sri Lanka
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 3616
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Carved Ebony Scroll Holder with Carved Ivory Ends
India or Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3625
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Rare Sinhalese Palm Leaf Book (Ola) with Ebony Covers Clad in Brass, Ivory & Silver
Sri Lanka
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 3992
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Kandyan Period Gilded Standing Bronze Buddha
Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 3868
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Ivory Comb with Polychrome
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4383
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Fine & Rare Colonial Goblet Carved Entirely from Coconut Shell
Sri Lanka
circa 1800 or earlier
Inventory no.: 4482
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Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4089
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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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Large Kandyan Period Cast Brass Standing Buddha
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4584
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Chased, Oblong Silver Box
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 4245
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Unusually Large Chased Silver Christian Cross
Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4577
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Standing Brass Buddha
Sri Lanka
circa 15th century
Inventory no.: 4410
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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4618
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Large, Fine, Painted Ivory Flask & Stopper
Sri Lanka
18th century
Inventory no.: 4771
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Rare Piha-Kaetta
Sri Lanka
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 4389
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