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.

Do sign-up for our monthly catalogues so you can see new additions to our stock as they arrive.

or...

3905

Enquiry about object: 3905

    Your First Name (required)

    Your Last Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Country (required)

    Your Message

    Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl (Duyu)

    Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
    19th-early 20th century

    width: 28cm, weight: 848g

    Provenance

    private European collection.

    6773

    Enquiry about object: 6773

      Your First Name (required)

      Your Last Name (required)

      Your Email (required)

      Your Country (required)

      Your Message

      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

      6797

      Enquiry about object: 6797

        Your First Name (required)

        Your Last Name (required)

        Your Email (required)

        Your Country (required)

        Your Message

        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.

        6602

        Enquiry about object: 6602

          Your First Name (required)

          Your Last Name (required)

          Your Email (required)

          Your Country (required)

          Your Message

          Naga Cowrie Shell Apron or Loin Cloth

          Naga People, Burma (Myanmar)
          early 20th century

          length: 69.2cm, width: 22.5cm, weight: 548g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          6779

          Enquiry about object: 6779

            Your First Name (required)

            Your Last Name (required)

            Your Email (required)

            Your Country (required)

            Your Message

            Naga Blue Glass Bead & Brass Necklace

            Konyak Naga People, Burma/India
            circa 1900

            length of pendant: 14.5cm, width: 6.2cm, circumference: approximately 72cm

            Provenance

            private European collection

            6783

            Enquiry about object: 6783

              Your First Name (required)

              Your Last Name (required)

              Your Email (required)

              Your Country (required)

              Your Message

              Pair of Naga Brass Bracelets

              Naga People, North-Eastern India
              19th century

              internal diameter: approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 549g

              Provenance

              private European collection

              6521

              Enquiry about object: 6521

                Your First Name (required)

                Your Last Name (required)

                Your Email (required)

                Your Country (required)

                Your Message

                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)

                5769

                Enquiry about object: 5769

                  Your First Name (required)

                  Your Last Name (required)

                  Your Email (required)

                  Your Country (required)

                  Your Message

                  Dayak Carved Wooden Stopper

                  Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
                  19th century

                  height (without stand): 10.8cm

                  Provenance

                  Private collection, UK

                  6132

                  Enquiry about object: 6132

                    Your First Name (required)

                    Your Last Name (required)

                    Your Email (required)

                    Your Country (required)

                    Your Message

                    Ceremonial Dayak Beaded Hat with Pig Tusks

                    Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                    20th century

                    length: 29cm, width: 23cm, height: 9.5cm

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    5284

                    Enquiry about object: 5284

                      Your First Name (required)

                      Your Last Name (required)

                      Your Email (required)

                      Your Country (required)

                      Your Message

                      Konyak Naga Trade Bead Necklace

                      Konyak Naga People, North-West India & Western Burma
                      early 20th century

                      length as worn: 35cm, approx. circumference: 70cm, weight: 168g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      5768

                      Enquiry about object: 5768

                        Your First Name (required)

                        Your Last Name (required)

                        Your Email (required)

                        Your Country (required)

                        Your Message

                        Dayak Wooden Hornbill Bird Stopper

                        Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
                        19th century

                        height without stand: 8.3cm, height with stand: 9.3cm

                        Provenance

                        Private collection, UK

                        5937

                        Enquiry about object: 5937

                          Your First Name (required)

                          Your Last Name (required)

                          Your Email (required)

                          Your Country (required)

                          Your Message

                          Pair of Dayak Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments

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

                          lengths: 7.3cm, combined weights: 396g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, UK

                          6247

                          Enquiry about object: 6247

                            Your First Name (required)

                            Your Last Name (required)

                            Your Email (required)

                            Your Country (required)

                            Your Message

                            Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                            Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                            19th century

                            length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                            Provenance

                            private collection, London

                            6249

                            Enquiry about object: 6249

                              Your First Name (required)

                              Your Last Name (required)

                              Your Email (required)

                              Your Country (required)

                              Your Message

                              Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                              Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                              18th-19th century

                              width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, London.

                              5749

                              Enquiry about object: 5749

                                Your First Name (required)

                                Your Last Name (required)

                                Your Email (required)

                                Your Country (required)

                                Your Message

                                Pair of Dayak Brass Humanoid Ear Pendants

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

                                lengths: 9cm, combined weight: 108g

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                5962

                                Enquiry about object: 5962

                                  Your First Name (required)

                                  Your Last Name (required)

                                  Your Email (required)

                                  Your Country (required)

                                  Your Message

                                  Rare Dayak Brass Hornbill Bird-Shaped Betel Box with Inlaid Eyes

                                  Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                  19th century

                                  Reserved

                                  Provenance

                                  formerly in the collection of Henry Brownrigg, author of 'Betel Cutters. from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection' (Thames & Hudson, 1992).

                                  5816

                                  Enquiry about object: 5816

                                    Your First Name (required)

                                    Your Last Name (required)

                                    Your Email (required)

                                    Your Country (required)

                                    Your Message

                                    Dayak Etched Bamboo Container

                                    Iban (Dayak) People, Borneo, Sarawak, probably the Skrang River region, Malaysia
                                    19th-early 20th century

                                    length: 34cm, diameter: 5.5cm

                                    Provenance

                                    formerly in the collection of Henry Brownrigg, author of 'Betel Cutters. from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection' (Thames & Hudson, 1992); acquired from Christie's South Kensington in 2010; in the collection of Trevor Barton prior to that.

                                    5728

                                    Enquiry about object: 5728

                                      Your First Name (required)

                                      Your Last Name (required)

                                      Your Email (required)

                                      Your Country (required)

                                      Your Message

                                      Naga Man’s Cane Hat

                                      Kalyo-Kengyu Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma, circa 1910
                                      circa 1910

                                      height: 25.5cm, diameter at widest point: 20cm

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, UK; reputedly obtained by a family member just after WWI during skirmishes with the Naga tribesmen in Bangladesh and Burma.

                                      5449

                                      Enquiry about object: 5449

                                        Your First Name (required)

                                        Your Last Name (required)

                                        Your Email (required)

                                        Your Country (required)

                                        Your Message

                                        Multiple-Strand Red Glass Bead Naga Necklace

                                        Naga People, India/Burma
                                        circa 1900

                                        total length (circumference as worn): 75cm

                                        Provenance

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

                                        3944

                                        Enquiry about object: 3944

                                          Your First Name (required)

                                          Your Last Name (required)

                                          Your Email (required)

                                          Your Country (required)

                                          Your Message

                                          Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

                                          diameter: 2cm, combined weight: 72g

                                          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

                                          Enquiry about object: 3705

                                            Your First Name (required)

                                            Your Last Name (required)

                                            Your Email (required)

                                            Your Country (required)

                                            Your Message

                                            Batak Raja’s Large Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

                                            Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                            19th century

                                            length: 86cm

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            3909

                                            Enquiry about object: 3909

                                              Your First Name (required)

                                              Your Last Name (required)

                                              Your Email (required)

                                              Your Country (required)

                                              Your Message

                                              Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)

                                              Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                              19th century

                                              length: 31cm, width: 20.5cm, height: 8cm

                                              Provenance

                                              private European collection.

                                              3945

                                              Enquiry about object: 3945

                                                Your First Name (required)

                                                Your Last Name (required)

                                                Your Email (required)

                                                Your Country (required)

                                                Your Message

                                                Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

                                                diameter: 2.6cm, combined weight: 90g

                                                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

                                                Enquiry about object: 1804

                                                  Your First Name (required)

                                                  Your Last Name (required)

                                                  Your Email (required)

                                                  Your Country (required)

                                                  Your Message

                                                  Large Jorai Ironwood Ancestor Figure

                                                  Jorai People, Central Highlands, Vietnam
                                                  19th century

                                                  height: 114cm

                                                  Provenance

                                                  Benneton Collection, France

                                                  1111

                                                  Enquiry about object: 1111

                                                    Your First Name (required)

                                                    Your Last Name (required)

                                                    Your Email (required)

                                                    Your Country (required)

                                                    Your Message

                                                    Batak Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

                                                    Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                    19th century

                                                    length: 76cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

                                                    1112

                                                    Enquiry about object: 1112

                                                      Your First Name (required)

                                                      Your Last Name (required)

                                                      Your Email (required)

                                                      Your Country (required)

                                                      Your Message

                                                      Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

                                                      Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                      19th century

                                                      length: 84cm

                                                      Provenance

                                                      Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

                                                      2449

                                                      Enquiry about object: 2449

                                                        Your First Name (required)

                                                        Your Last Name (required)

                                                        Your Email (required)

                                                        Your Country (required)

                                                        Your Message

                                                        Ifugao Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper

                                                        Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
                                                        early 20th century

                                                        length: 24.5cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        Scottish art market

                                                        3725

                                                        Enquiry about object: 3725

                                                          Your First Name (required)

                                                          Your Last Name (required)

                                                          Your Email (required)

                                                          Your Country (required)

                                                          Your Message

                                                          Rare Iban Dayak Mandau or Parang Ilang Sword

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

                                                          length: 72cm

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          3739

                                                          Enquiry about object: 3739

                                                            Your First Name (required)

                                                            Your Last Name (required)

                                                            Your Email (required)

                                                            Your Country (required)

                                                            Your Message

                                                            Rare Tai Shan Quilted, Woven & Embroidered Jacket

                                                            Shan, Chin or Related People, Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand or Laos
                                                            19th century

                                                            length: 74cm, width: 56cm

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, London; art market, Paris.

                                                            3908

                                                            Enquiry about object: 3908

                                                              Your First Name (required)

                                                              Your Last Name (required)

                                                              Your Email (required)

                                                              Your Country (required)

                                                              Your Message

                                                              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

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private European collection.

                                                              4259

                                                              Enquiry about object: 4259

                                                                Your First Name (required)

                                                                Your Last Name (required)

                                                                Your Email (required)

                                                                Your Country (required)

                                                                Your Message

                                                                Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                                Naga People, India/Burma
                                                                19th century

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

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection, London.

                                                                4399

                                                                Enquiry about object: 4399

                                                                  Your First Name (required)

                                                                  Your Last Name (required)

                                                                  Your Email (required)

                                                                  Your Country (required)

                                                                  Your Message

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

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

                                                                  length: 80cm, weight: 100g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private collection, London.

                                                                  3933

                                                                  Enquiry about object: 3933

                                                                    Your First Name (required)

                                                                    Your Last Name (required)

                                                                    Your Email (required)

                                                                    Your Country (required)

                                                                    Your Message

                                                                    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.