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Tribal Art of Oceania
Whale's Tooth Tabua with Sinnet Cord
Fiji
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 850
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Aboriginal Mulga Wood Spear Thrower (Woomera)
Western Desert, Western Australia
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 1032
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Green Nephrite Adze Blade
Middle Sepik River, New Guinea
19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 1030
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Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)
Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
19th or early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1057
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Stained Kina Shell Necklace
Southern Highlands, New Guinea
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1474
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Greenstone hafted Adze & Handle
Polynesia, probably Rotuma or New Guinea
19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 1473
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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.

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 Christian Altar Cross Inlaid with Pearl Shell
Solomon Islands
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1595
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Carved, Wooden Lime Spatula
Tobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1651
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Pair of Cone Shell Ear Ornaments
New Guinea
collected in 1859
Inventory no.: 1984
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Ceremonial Wooden Four-Tined ‘Cannibal’ Fork
Fiji
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 1988
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Very Fine Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)
Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
19th or early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2096
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Carved Seated Protective Figure with Lime Inlay
Massim People, Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
late 19th – early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2159
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Earthenware Roof Ridge Tile with Pigments
Chambri Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in th early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2185
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Yipwon Spirit Figure
Yimam People, Korewari River Area, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century or earlier
Provenance: collected in the early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2183
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Kominimung Shield
Pora Pora or Bien River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in the early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2184
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Samban Hook Figure
Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in the early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2187
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Lime Container in the form of a Rooster on a Crocodile
Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Provenance: collected in the early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2182
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Life-sized Ancestor Figure
Sepik Region, New Guinea
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2181
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Rare Ceremonial Child's Dance Wand or Staff (Napa)
Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2746
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Carved Wooden Bark Cloth (Tapa) Beater
Tonga
19th century
Inventory no.: 2857
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Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)
Fiji
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2940
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Carved Wooden Comb
Nukuma People, Sepik Region, New Guinea
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2936
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Rare Double Pedestal Cup with Spirit Figures
Massim People, Trobiand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2992
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Carved Coconut Shell Penis Cover
Upper Sepik, New Guinea
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2935
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Aboriginal Pineapple Pandanus Head Battle Club
Central Queensland, Australia
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3391
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Kimberly ‘Point’ Glass Spear Head
Aboriginal People, Kimberley Region, Northern Western Australia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3727
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Fine, Carved Ancestor Figure with Lime Inlay
Massim People, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
collected in & so before 1945
Inventory no.: 4049
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