Our catalogue > Tribal Art – Asia

‘Tribal’ art from Asia can be found on this page – including objects from the Naga people of Eastern India and Western Burma, the Dayak & Iban of Borneo, and the Bontoc & Ifugao of the Philippines.

The pieces shown here, all of which are for sale, have been carefully selected by us on account of their artistic merit, their patina and their provenance.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

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3870

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Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures

Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th century

heights: 51cm & 49cm

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Provenance

private European collection.

5449

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Multiple-Strand Red Glass Bead Naga Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

total length (circumference as worn): 75cm

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Provenance

UK art market; most likely, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

5204

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Fine Naga Trade Bead, Shell & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 75cm, width: 12.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market

3944

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Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century

diameter: 2cm, combined weight: 72g

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Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3705

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Batak Raja’s Large Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 86cm

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Provenance

UK art market

5203

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Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

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Provenance

UK art market

1981

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Rare Wooden Ifugao Ancestor Figure Ritual Wine Server

Ifugao, Luzon, Northern Philippines
early 20th century

height: 35cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4575

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Two Amber Pointed Cylinder Ear Plugs

Kachin People, Burma
19th-early 20th century

heights: 6.7cm & 7cm, combined weight: 24.05g

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Provenance

UK art market

3945

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Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century

diameter: 2.6cm, combined weight: 90g

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Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

1804

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Large Jorai Ironwood Ancestor Figure

Jorai People, Central Highlands, Vietnam
19th century

height: 114cm

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Provenance

Benneton Collection, France

1111

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Batak Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 76cm

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Provenance

:Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

1112

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Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 84cm

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Provenance

Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

2449

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Ifugao Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper

Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
early 20th century

length: 24.5cm

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Provenance

Scottish art market

3725

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Rare Iban Dayak Mandau or Parang Ilang Sword

Iban Dayak People, Saribas Region, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
19th century

length: 72cm

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Provenance

UK art market

3739

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Rare Tai Shan Quilted, Woven & Embroidered Jacket


19th century

Shan, Chin or Related People, Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand or Laos

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Provenance

private collection, London; art market, Paris.

3914

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Ifugao Wood, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)

Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century

height: 12cm, diameter: 10.5cm

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Provenance

private European collection.

3988

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Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century

height: 6.5cm, width: 9cm, weight: 19g

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Provenance

Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands.

3908

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Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)

Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
18th-19th century

length: 20.4cm, width: 13.5cm, height: 6.3cm

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Provenance

private European collection.

4259

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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4232

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Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4256

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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4260

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Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4399

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Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
circa 1900

length: 80cm, weight: 100g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

5205

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Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

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Provenance

UK art market; undoubtedly, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

3933

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Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
19th-early 20th century

height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

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Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3910

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Bontoc Wood, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)

Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century

diameter: 10.2cm, height: 6cm

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Provenance

private European collection.