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This especially curated page draws on some of the finest & most interesting items that we have in stock right now.

Each piece is of museum quality, and has sound provenance. Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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7017

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    Pair of Large South Indian Chettiar Gold, Diamond & Ruby Ear Studs (Thodu)

    Chettiar Community, Tamil Nadu, South India
    19th century

    width: approximately 2.6cm, depth: 2.7cm, combined weight: 19g, combined weight of diamonds: 0.88 carats

    Provenance

    Chettiar family - private collection, South England

    6727

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      Massive Indian Silver Presentation Footed Bowl & Stand

      Madras, India
      dated 1898

      height of bowl: 35cm, width (handle to handle): 53cm, depth: approximately 41cm, overall height (with stand): 55cm, weight of bowl: 4,586g

      Provenance

      private collection, UK

      6505

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        Rare Pair of Wooden Supports Carved as Sri Lankan or South Indian Chetties or Ascetics

        South India or Sri Lanka
        circa 18th century

        height of each: 98.7cm

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6775

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          Pair of Large, Indian, Princely, Parcel-Gilded & Enamelled Garuda Figures

          Rajasthan, India
          circa 1800

          heights (without stands): 23.8cm, width: 12.4cm, height (with stands): 32.5cm, combined weight: 2,475g

          Provenance

          German private collection, bought by the father of the previous owner in Germany in 1971 at the sale of a Rajasthan Maharaja's possessions

          6611

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            Portuguese-Thai Lacquered Box with Braganza Cross Mother-of-Pearl & Glass Inlay

            Thailand, probably Ayutthaya, & Portugal
            17th-18th century

            length: 26.6cm, depth: 14.8cm, height: 13.2cm, weight: 936g

            Provenance

            Portuguese art market

            6733

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              Indian Silver-Mounted Saddle Water Flask

              Rajasthan or the Deccan, India
              19th century

              height: 34.1cm, width: 33.5cm, depth: approximately 14cm, weight: 3,825g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              6773

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                Exceptional, Early Tanimbar Ancestor Figure

                Tanimbar, Southeast Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia
                18th century

                height: 16.4cm, width: 5.4cm, depth: 4.5cm

                Provenance

                Private Collection, Northern England; acquired by the previous owners from an antiques fair, York, England, circa 1980

                6762

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                  Pair of Aristocratic Balinese Doors Carved in High Relief with Gilding

                  Bali, Indonesia
                  late 19th century

                  length: 184.4cm, width (of the pair): 71cm

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6888

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                    East Javanese or Madurese Ceremonial Rattan & Wood Ceremonial Rice Basket

                    East Java or Madura, Indonesia
                    19th century

                    diameter: approximately 26cm, height: 22cm, weight: 480g

                    Provenance

                    art market, France.

                    6697

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                      Magnificent & Large Sri Lankan Cobra Demon (Maha Raksa) Dance Mask

                      Sinhala people, Coastal Sri Lanka
                      19th century

                      height: approximately 79cm (without stand), width: 62cm

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      6728

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                        Historically Important Colonial Silver Standing Cup Relating to the British Conquest of Java, 1811, Inscribed & Dated

                        colonial silversmith either in India, probably Calcutta, or Batavia, East Indies.
                        circa 1810

                        height: approximately 55cm, width: 38.5cm, depth: 26cm, weight: 5,550g

                        Provenance

                        private collection, UK; previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

                        6681

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                          Tall Mongolian Silver Ewer inset with Coral, Turquoise & Lapis Luzuli

                          Mongolia
                          late 19th century or early 20th century

                          height: 46.5cm, width: 27cm, depth: 13cm, weight: 1,754g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, Channel Islands.

                          6605

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                            Pair of Indian Parcel-Gilt Matthew Boulton-Style Silver Filigree Candle Vases

                            Made in India for the English Market
                            circa 1770

                            heights: 21.2cm, combined weight: 1,324g

                            Provenance

                            US art market

                            6610

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                              Nepalese Gilded Plaque of Avalokiteshvara as Padmapani

                              Nepal
                              19th century

                              (plaque only, without stand) width: 5.5cm, height: 24cm, weight: 495g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, UK.

                              6638

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                                Mughal Scribe’s Silver Pen Box (Kalamdan)

                                Mughal, Northern India
                                18th century

                                length: 25cm, depth: 7.7cm, height: 7.1cm, weight: 1,193g

                                Provenance

                                Private Collection, England.

                                6528

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                                  Exceptional Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Fine Silver Mounts

                                  Dutch Colonial East Indies, probably Batavia (Indonesia today)
                                  18th century

                                  height: 8.1cm, length: 19cm, depth: 13.3cm

                                  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)

                                    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

                                      6389

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                                        Rare, Indo-Portuguese Ceremonial Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Basket

                                        Indo-Portuguese Goa, India
                                        second half of the 17th century

                                        height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g

                                        Provenance

                                        previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

                                        6388

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                                          Magnificent, Pierced, Chased, Miniature Silver Thai Manuscript (Dharma) Cabinet

                                          Thailand
                                          circa 1920

                                          height: 32cm, width: 20.5cm, depth: 14cm, weight: 1,729g

                                          Provenance

                                          private collection

                                          6251

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                                            Exceptional, Rare & Large Dutch East Indies Pandan-Shaped Silver Filigree Toiletry Set, Box, Cover & Tray

                                            Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
                                            18th century

                                            diameter of tray: 28cm, diameter of box: 19.5cm, height of assembled set: 15.8cm, weight: 2,254g (2.254kg)

                                            Provenance

                                            private collection, London; acquired in London prior to that.

                                            6123

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                                              Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

                                              Goa, India
                                              circa 1750

                                              height: 28.3cm, length: 32cm, width: 13.7cm, weight: 1.295g

                                              Reserved

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              6243

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                                                Rare & Large Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Wang Hing

                                                Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                                                circa 1890

                                                heights: 11cm, diameters: 24.5cm, weights: 1,083g & 1,087g

                                                Provenance

                                                from an important private collection, UK.

                                                6423

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                                                  Indian Red-Stained Gold Bracelet set with Rubies

                                                  Madras, India
                                                  circa 1850

                                                  external diameter across: 7.4cm, internal diameter: 4.3cm, weight: 41.6g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  6105

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                                                    Chased & Gilded Mughal Pandan Tray inset with Turquoise-Coloured Cabochon Stones

                                                    Northern India
                                                    circa 1750

                                                    length (including handles): 35.4cm, width: 22cm, height: 6cm, weight: 726g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    6508

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                                                      Large, Rare, Central Asian Gilded Silver Koranic Amulet Case set with Banded Agate, Spinels & Coral

                                                      Emirate of Bukhara (today, Uzbekistan)
                                                      19th century

                                                      length: 107cm, width: 31cm, weight: 3,216g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, Greece/UK

                                                      6585

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                                                        Colonial Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box with Chased Silver Mounts

                                                        Dutch East Indies, Batavia/Sumatra, or Vietnam or Ryukyu Islands
                                                        18th century

                                                        length: 21.2cm, depth: 11cm, height: 11.2cm, weight: 499g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        6492

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                                                          Very Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Priest’s Costume with Leather & Mirrors

                                                          Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                          circa 1850

                                                          length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)

                                                          Provenance

                                                          found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

                                                          6238

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                                                            Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Luen Wo

                                                            Maker: Luen Wo, Shanghai, China
                                                            late 19th century

                                                            diameter: 26cm, height: 15cm, weight: 1.437kg

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, UK

                                                            6239

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                                                              Chinese Export Silver Pierced Centrepiece with Original Hardwood Stand

                                                              China
                                                              late 19th century

                                                              height (with stand): 44.5cm, height (without stand): 38.3cm, circumference of middle dish: 32.5cm, silver weight: 1,124g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private collection, UK

                                                              6228

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                                                                Pair of Japanese Export Blue & White Wayang Dishes for the Javanese Market

                                                                Japan made for the Javanese Market
                                                                19th century

                                                                diameters: 24.7cm, heights: 4cm

                                                                Reserved

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection, UK.

                                                                6230

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                                                                  Chinese Export Silver Centre Piece by Tuck Chang with original Carved Blackwood Stand

                                                                  Maker: Tuck Chang, Shanghai, China
                                                                  circa 1900

                                                                  height (with stand): 40cm, without stand: 32cm, diameter: 27cm, weight (without wooden stand): 1,428g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private collection, UK

                                                                  6113

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                                                                    Colonial Vizagapatam Ivory-Inlaid Portable Writing Box

                                                                    Vizagapatam, India
                                                                    1720-30

                                                                    width: 43.6cm, depth: 34cm, height: 11.4cm

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    private collection, London.

                                                                    6184

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                                                                      Fine, Carved Hippopotamus Tooth & Horn Tumbok Lada Dagger

                                                                      North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                                      19th century

                                                                      length: 34cm, weight: 475g

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      private English collection; private Japanese collection.

                                                                      5943

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                                                                        Maharaja’s Enamelled Heavy Gold Bracelet set with Rubies, Diamonds & an Emerald

                                                                        India, probably Hyderabad
                                                                        circa 1750 or earlier

                                                                        overall length: 17.5cm, dimensions of enamelled plaque: 4cm x 3.2cm, total weight: 137g, diameter as worn: approx. 6cm

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        private collection, UK

                                                                        5840

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                                                                          Mongolian Polychrome Dancing Citipati Group

                                                                          Mongolia
                                                                          19th century

                                                                          height: 60cm, width: 53cm

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          Private collection, England.

                                                                          5445

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                                                                            Large, Rare Figurative Khatamkari Chest

                                                                            Persia/Iran
                                                                            Zand Dynasty, 18th century

                                                                            length: 83.3cm, height (without stand): 39.5cm, height (with stand): 59.5cm, depth: 47cm

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            from an aristocratic Spanish family.

                                                                            6069

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                                                                              Pair of Bhuta Cow Figures (Nandigona)

                                                                              Karnataka, India
                                                                              19th century

                                                                              lengths; 21cm, heights: 11.6cm, combined weights: 2,244g

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              UK art market

                                                                              5655

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                                                                                Rare, Early Chinese Images of Jesus & Mary on Silver, after Pierre Goret

                                                                                China or Chinese artisans in the Philippines
                                                                                circa 1700

                                                                                heights: 20.8cm, widths: 16.3cm, combined weight: 371g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                art market, London.

                                                                                4872

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                                                                                  Collection of 145 Ethiopian Silver Crosses (Yangat Masqal)

                                                                                  Ethiopia
                                                                                  19th-early 20th century

                                                                                  approximate total combined weight: 2.2kg

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  private collection, UK.

                                                                                  5493

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                                                                                    Rare Set of Javanese Merchant’s Double Doors with Javanese Inscription

                                                                                    Java, Indonesia
                                                                                    late 19th century

                                                                                    heights: 183cm, widths: 74cm & 76cm (incl. shared moulding)

                                                                                    Reserved

                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                    London art market

                                                                                    5471

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                                                                                      Gilded-Silver Mounted, Double-Sided, Pectoral Reliquary Cross with Carved Steatite (Enkolpia)

                                                                                      Mount Athos, Macedonian Greece
                                                                                      15th century

                                                                                      total length of chain (circumference as worn): 72cm, length of cross (without coin): 7.3cm, width of cross: 4.5cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                      5488

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                                                                                        Tibetan Gilded Bronze Mahakala

                                                                                        Tibet
                                                                                        15th century

                                                                                        height: 14cm, width: 10.5cm, weight: 701g

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                        5362

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                                                                                          Srivajaya Cast Bronze Image of Four-Armed Kubera

                                                                                          Palembang region, Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                                                          8th-9th century

                                                                                          height (without stand): 12.2cm, height (with stand): 15cm, weight (without stand): 757g

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          private collection, London, UK.

                                                                                          6479

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                                                                                            Large Yemeni Bridal Gilded Silver & Coral Necklace (Lazim)

                                                                                            Bedouin People, Khawlan Sanaa Region, Yemen
                                                                                            early 20th century

                                                                                            total length: 67cm, circumference: 39.3cm, weight: 575g

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            European art market

                                                                                            5217

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                                                                                              Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels

                                                                                              North India
                                                                                              circa 1740

                                                                                              length of largest box: 9.5cm, width: 8.8cm, height: 3.3cm, weight: 183g; length of smaller box: 7.5cm, width: 6.7cm, height: 1.8cm, weight: 98g

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              Scottish art market

                                                                                              5363

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                                                                                                Javanese Cast Silver Image of Shiva with Bronze Yoni Base

                                                                                                Java, Indonesia
                                                                                                Classical Period, 9th century

                                                                                                height of Shiva: 8.3cm, ensemble height (with stand): 11.6cm, weight of Shiva: 146g

                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                Private Collection, London, UK.

                                                                                                5364

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                                                                                                  Early Javanese Unusually Large Cast Bronze Buddha

                                                                                                  Java or Sumatra, Indonesia, but possibly imported from northern India
                                                                                                  Classical Period, 8th century

                                                                                                  height (without stand): 21.9cm, width: 17.1cm, depth: 11.8cm, weight: 2,576g

                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                  Private Collection, London, UK.

                                                                                                  5252

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                                                                                                    Superb Pair of Silver Spiked Cuff Bracelets (Azbi n’Iquorrain)

                                                                                                    Ait Atta Berber People, South-Eastern Morocco
                                                                                                    early 20th century

                                                                                                    external diameter: 13cm, internal diameter: 6.7cm, thickness: 3.7cm, combined weight: 1,116g

                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                    4667

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                                                                                                      Model of a Peacock, Gilded, Enamelled & set with Turquoise & Pearls

                                                                                                      China
                                                                                                      circa 1920

                                                                                                      height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                      5076

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                                                                                                        Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Pierced Silver Bezoar Stone Box

                                                                                                        West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
                                                                                                        circa 1700

                                                                                                        length: 5cm, diameter: 4.4cm, weight: 48g

                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                        private collection, UK

                                                                                                        4078

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                                                                                                          Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts

                                                                                                          India, perhaps Goa
                                                                                                          circa 1700

                                                                                                          height: 13.3cm, length: 14cm, depth: 10.1cm, weight: 1,127g

                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                          UK art market; European collection.

                                                                                                          4052

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                                                                                                            Unusually Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box

                                                                                                            Dutch East Indies, or possibly India
                                                                                                            circa 1700

                                                                                                            length: 22.3cm, width: 16cm, height: 10cm, weight: 1,675g

                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                            Private London collection (estate)

                                                                                                            3575

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                                                                                                              Superb Balinese Palace Door & Frame

                                                                                                              Bali, Indonesia
                                                                                                              18th-early 19th century

                                                                                                              height: 178cm, width: 110cm

                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                              private collection, Ireland.

                                                                                                              3589

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                                                                                                                Ottoman Armenian Woman’s Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab) with Engraved Silver Mounts

                                                                                                                Armenian People, Ottoman Turkey
                                                                                                                19th century

                                                                                                                length: 24cm, height: 12.5cm

                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                from the collection of the family of John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford, Bowdon Old Hall, Cheshire, UK. The family of Lord Lee has occupied Bowdon Old Hall since 1919 and the clogs formed part of the contents of the house. The wife of Baron Lee is of Armenian descent.

                                                                                                                3300

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                                                                                                                  Fine Colonial Indian Teapot by Hamilton & Co.

                                                                                                                  Calcutta, India
                                                                                                                  circa 1830

                                                                                                                  length: 29.5cm, height: 17.3cm, weight: 1,233g

                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                                                  3026

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                                                                                                                    Rare Indian Lucknow Enamelled Silver & Leather Hookah Base

                                                                                                                    Lucknow, India
                                                                                                                    18th century

                                                                                                                    height: 20.2cm, diameter of base: 14.8cm, weight: 611g

                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                                    2218

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                                                                                                                      Rare Yoruba Carved Wooden Processional Staff

                                                                                                                      Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                      19th-20th century

                                                                                                                      length/height: 108cm

                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                      private collection, London; and previously, a private European collection.

                                                                                                                      1449

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                                                                                                                        Two Very Rare Parcel-Gilded ‘Cadogan’ Style Copper & Silver Ritual Wine Ewers

                                                                                                                        Nepal
                                                                                                                        18th-19th century

                                                                                                                        height: 12.5cm & 13cm; width: 16cm & 17.5cm; weight: 270g & 284g

                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                                                        1010

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                                                                                                                          Sri Lankan Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts

                                                                                                                          Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                          late 18th century

                                                                                                                          length: 16cm, width: 12cm, height: 5.2cm, weight: 305g

                                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                                          848

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                                                                                                                            Rare, Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)

                                                                                                                            Spanish Colonial Guatemala
                                                                                                                            18th century

                                                                                                                            height: 18cm, length: 19cm, weight: 437g

                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                            European antiques market.

                                                                                                                            2181

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                                                                                                                              Life-sized Sepik Ancestor Figure

                                                                                                                              Sepik Region, New Guinea
                                                                                                                              late 19th century

                                                                                                                              height: 165cm

                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                              Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the first half of the 20th century.

                                                                                                                              1323

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                                                                                                                                Massive Tibetan Silver Prayer Wheel (‘Khor)

                                                                                                                                Tibet
                                                                                                                                18th-19th century

                                                                                                                                length: of wheel and handle: 106cm, diameter of wheel: 19cm, thickness of wheel drum: 9cm

                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                formerly in the collection of Henry Brownrigg, London.

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                  private European collection.

                                                                                                                                  4572

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                                                                                                                                    Batavian Colonial Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

                                                                                                                                    Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia; and possibly India
                                                                                                                                    17th-18th century

                                                                                                                                    length: 42.7cm, width: 24.5cm, height: 3.7cm, weight: 957g

                                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                                    UK art market