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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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

    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.

      6602

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        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

        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)

          5769

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            Dayak Carved Wooden Stopper

            Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
            19th century

            height (without stand): 10.8cm

            Provenance

            Private collection, UK

            6132

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              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

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                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

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                  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

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                    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

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                      Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                      Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                      19th century

                      length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                      Provenance

                      private collection, London

                      6249

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                        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

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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

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                                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.

                                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.

                                  5449

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                                    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

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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

                                      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

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        3909

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                                          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.

                                          1981

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                                            Rare Wooden Ifugao Ancestor Figure Ritual Wine Server

                                            Ifugao, Luzon, Northern Philippines
                                            early 20th century

                                            height: 35cm

                                            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

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        3739

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                                                          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

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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

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private European collection.

                                                            4259

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                                                              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

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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

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection, London.

                                                                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.