Michael Backman Ltd
Yoruba Art & Antiques
Yoruba Gelede Dance Headdress
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 944
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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 Africa 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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Fine Ifa Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920 0r earlier
Inventory no.: 1865
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Three Colonial Wood Figures Carved by Thomas Ona Odulate
Yoruba, Nigeria
1920s-early 1930s
Inventory no.: 1894
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Wooden Divination Board (Opon Ifa)
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 1915
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Carved Wooden Maternity Figure & Bowl, possibly by the Carver Agbonbiofe
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2032
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Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)
Yoruba People, Oyo Sub-group, Erin Region, Nigeria
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2204
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Carved Wooden Divination Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
18th-19th century or earlier
Inventory no.: 2219
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Rare, Matched Pair of Male & Female Eshu Dance Wands
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 2226
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Rare Carved Wooden Processional Staff
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 2218
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Rare Pair of Female Ibeji Figures (Ere Ibeji)
Ibadan Region, Owu-Yoruba people, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 2356
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Egungun Headdress Carved by Baba Mola of Kesi
Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1939
Inventory no.: 2420
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Figural Offering Bowl
Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1938-39 (collected in Nigeria in 1938-39)
Inventory no.: 2421
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Carved Wood Equestrian Altar Group of the Hunter-King Jagun-Jagun
Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2816
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Fine Male Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)
Oyo-Yoruba People, Oyo Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 2863
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Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets
Nigeria
18th century
Inventory no.: 3091
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Shango Oshe Dance Wand
Yoruba People, Egbado Tribe, Igan Okoto, Nigeria
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3108
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Pair of Ceremonial Staffs
Yoruba People, Ogboni Society, Nigeria
early to mid-20th century
Inventory no.: 3119
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Eshu Dance Wand
Yoruba People, Egba Tribe, Abeokuta, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3107
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Complete Dance Costume with Rare Five-Headed Headdress
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3112
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Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji), Yoruba People
Yagba Tribe, Egbe Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3498
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Superb Pair of Ibeji Figures (Ere Ibeji)
Yoruba People, Oyo Tribe, Shaki Region, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3497
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Carved Wooden Figure of Queen Victoria
Yoruba, Nigeria
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3539
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Carved Wooden Maternity Figure & Lidded Bowl, possibly by the Carver Agbonbiofe
Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3994
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Janus-Headed Shango Dancing Wand
Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 3890
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4313
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4314
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Hand-Held Dancing Eshu ‘Staff’
Yoruba People, Southern Egbado,
Nigeria
19th century
Inventory no.: 4315
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