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Archive of Selected Sold Tribal Items
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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 the Pacific itself 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.
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Bronze Image of Ewua Official
Benin
18th century
Inventory no.: 1475
SOLD
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Mudfish (Egedu) Divination Bowl (Agere Ifa)
Yoruba People
Iseyin Region, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 888
SOLD
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Divination Bowl (Agere Ifa)
Yoruba People
Iseyin Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 845
SOLD
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Superb, Finely Carved Hardwood Club (Patuki or Tukituki)
Maori, New Zealand
19th century
Inventory no.: 1472
SOLD
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Rare Carved & Polychrome Wood Maternity Figure
Yoruba People, Abeokuta, Egba, Nigeria
before 1923
Inventory no.: 1704
SOLD
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Cast Brass Storage Container (Kuduo)
Asante People, Ghana
19th century
Inventory no.: 1242  
SOLD
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Carved Wooden Headrest
Shona People, Zimbabwe
19th century
Inventory no.: 3015
SOLD
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