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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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

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Provenance

UK art market

3911

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

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

outer diameter: 11.2cm, height of the figure: 8.5cm, weight: 146g

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Provenance

private European collection.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Provenance

private collection, London

5890

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Dayak Etched & Carved Bamboo Container

Iban (Dayak) People, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
19th-early 20th century

length: 32.3cm, diameter: 4.2cm

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Provenance

private European collection.

5449

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Multiple-Strand Red Glass Bead Naga Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

total length (circumference as worn): 75cm

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Provenance

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

3944

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Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

diameter: 2cm, combined weight: 72g

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Provenance

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

3705

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Batak Raja’s Large Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 86cm

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Provenance

UK art market

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

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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

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Provenance

UK art market

3945

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Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

diameter: 2.6cm, combined weight: 90g

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Provenance

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

1804

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Large Jorai Ironwood Ancestor Figure

Jorai People, Central Highlands, Vietnam
19th century

height: 114cm

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Provenance

Benneton Collection, France

1111

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Batak Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 76cm

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Provenance

Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

1112

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Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 84cm

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Provenance

Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

2449

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Ifugao Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper

Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
early 20th century

length: 24.5cm

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Provenance

Scottish art market

3725

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Rare Iban Dayak Mandau or Parang Ilang Sword

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

length: 72cm

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Provenance

UK art market

3739

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Rare Tai Shan Quilted, Woven & Embroidered Jacket

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

length: 74cm, width: 56cm

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Provenance

private collection, London; art market, Paris.

3914

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

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

height: 12cm, diameter: 10.5cm

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Provenance

private European collection.

3988

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Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
18th-19th century

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

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Provenance

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

3908

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Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)

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

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

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Provenance

private European collection.

4259

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Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

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

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4256

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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

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

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4399

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

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

length: 80cm, weight: 100g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

3933

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

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

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

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Provenance

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

3910

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

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

diameter: 10.2cm, height: 6cm

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Provenance

private European collection.