Our catalogue > Cabinet of Curosities

We don’t sell objects so much as stories with an object attached. So here are some of the more unusual, quirky objects that we have with interesting stories.

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

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8694

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    Balinese Double-Ikat Geringsing Cawat Ding Ding Si Gading Cloth

    Tenganan Pegeringsingan, North-East Bali, Indonesia
    19th century

    folded length: 105cm (full length: 210cm), width: 42.5cm

    Provenance

    private collection, UK; believed to have been collected in Bali in the 1920s

    8751

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      Hittite Silver Model of a Long-Horned Bull

      Hittite people, (likely) Anatolia, Central Turkey
      1750-1200 BC

      height: 8.5cm, length: 8.5cm, width: 3.5cm, weight: 136g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      8661

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        Large South Indian Temple Priest’s Anklet (Kal Chilampu)

        Irinjalakuda, Kerala, South India
        18th-19th century

        width: approximately 24cm, length: 22.8cm, depth: 11.2cm, weight: 3,579g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        3403

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          Tibetan Official’s Turquoise, Pearl & Gold Ear Pendant (Sochi)

          Lhasa, Tibet
          19th century

          length: 11.5cm, weight: 12g

          7325

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            Rare, Nepalese Inscribed & Gilded Copper Buddha’s Footprints Buddhapada Portable Mandala Plaque

            Nepal
            17th-18th century

            diameter: approximately 27cm, weight: 669g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            6521

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              Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

              Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
              circa 1900

              indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

              Provenance

              private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

              7207

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                Fine, Dayak Brass Helmet Ornament

                Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
                19th century

                width: 10.6cm, height: approximately 17.5cm, weight: 93g

                Provenance

                UK art market

                7055

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                  Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Wooden Gem-Set Case

                  Persia (Iran)
                  19th century

                  length: 16.5cm, weight: 58g

                  Provenance

                  Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

                  7054

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                    Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Ebony Gem-Set Case

                    Persia (Iran)
                    19th century

                    length: 14.8cm, weight: 71g

                    Provenance

                    Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

                    7148

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                      Tibetan Noble’s Fine Bone & Silk Belt

                      Tibet
                      19th century

                      length (including buckle): 105cm, width: 4.9cm, weight: 226g

                      Provenance

                      private collection, Germany.

                      7005

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                        Early Indian Terracotta Mother Goddess

                        Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India
                        200-300BC

                        height: 18.2cm, width: 8.6cm, weight: 420g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6524

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                          Mongo Woman’s Woven Buttock Shield (Bakonga)

                          Mongo People, Congo
                          early 20th century

                          length: approximately 88cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 157g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, London, UK.

                          6797

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                            Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

                            Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
                            19th-early 20th century

                            height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

                            Provenance

                            Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

                            6846

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                              Parsi Ritual Silver Ses or Sace Cone (Soparo)

                              Northern India
                              dated 1933

                              diameter: 17.3cm, height: 34.5cm, weight: 787g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              4115

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                                Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                                Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                                14th-15th century

                                diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                                Provenance

                                UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                                6523

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                                  Mongo Woman’s Beaded & Woven Buttock Shield (Bakonga)

                                  Mongo People, Congo
                                  early 20th century

                                  length: approximately 98cm, width of pompom: 12cm, weight: 292g

                                  Provenance

                                  private collection, London, UK.

                                  5969

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                                    Burmese Bronze Rice-Noodle Maker

                                    Burma
                                    19th century

                                    height: 15.4cm, width: 22.5cm, depth: 11.4cm, weight: 2,410g

                                    Provenance

                                    European art market

                                    5928

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                                      Unusually Tall Ottoman Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab)

                                      Ottoman Turkey
                                      19th or early 20th century

                                      height to top of toe strap: 30cm, lengths: 22.8cm, widths: 18cm

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market

                                      6386

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                                        Burmese Royal Silk Achiek Cloth Sutra Cover

                                        Burma (Myanmar)
                                        19th century

                                        70cm x 78cm

                                        6144

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                                          Colonial Spanish Powder Flask (Yesquero)

                                          Colonial Spanish, Argentina
                                          19th century

                                          length: 7cm (not taking into account the curve), weight: 27.59g

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          3466

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                                            English Tavern or Publican House Willow Nine-Pin Skittles Set

                                            West Country, England
                                            19th century

                                            heights (approx.) 30cm each, and 40cm for the king pin

                                            Provenance

                                            UK private collection

                                            4676

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                                              Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask

                                              Tibet
                                              circa 18th century

                                              height (with stopper): 37cm

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              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

                                                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.

                                                5089

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                                                  Rare Indian Coco-de-Mer Ewer

                                                  Northern India
                                                  Circa 17th century

                                                  height: 45cm, width: 25cm, thickness: 18cm, weight: 3,070g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  4313

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                                                    Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

                                                    Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
                                                    19th century

                                                    height: 10.2cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, London.

                                                    4274

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                                                      Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

                                                      Kirdi and Matakam People, North Cameroon
                                                      19th-early 20th century

                                                      length: 37.5cm

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, UK