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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5767

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    Dayak Carved Wooden Tiger Stopper

    Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
    19th century

    height (with stand): 14.3cm, width: 5cm, weight (without stand): 100g

    Provenance

    Private collection, UK

    5770

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      Dayak Carved Wooden Humanoid Stopper

      Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
      19th century

      height (with stand): 9.8cm, width: 5cm, weight (without stand): 32g

      Provenance

      Private collection, UK

      5766

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        Dayak Carved Wooden Demon Stopper

        Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
        19th century

        height (with stand): 12.5cm, width: 5cm, weight (without stand): 61g

        Provenance

        Private collection, UK

        3906

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          Large Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl (Duyu)

          Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
          19th century

          width: approximately 38cm, height: approximately 11cm, weight: 2,150g

          Provenance

          private European collection.

          8561

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            Unusual Sumatran Sword with Carved Wooden Ancestor Hilt

            North Sumatra, Indonesia, probably Batak or Nias
            18th century & possibly earlier

            overall length: 66.5cm, length of wooden hilt: 11cm

            Provenance

            overall length: 66cm, weight: 457g

            7299

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              Maluku Gold Pectoral or Forehead Ornament

              South Maluku, (Moluccas), Eastern Indonesia
              19th century

              width of mask: 10.8cm, length of seedpod-like elements: approximately 5.2cm, weight: 28g

              Provenance

              Estate Collection of Tom White MBE; lot 222, 'Gold: Important ancient and ethnic jewellery and works of art in precious metal', Hapsburg, Feldman, Geneva, Switzerland, May 14, 1990.

              7058

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                Batak Funerary Wooden Puppet (Si Gale-gale) Head

                Batak People, Lake Toba Region, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                circa 1930s

                height (including stand): 27.5cm, width (of head): 11cm, weight: 748g

                Provenance

                UK art market

                7195

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                  Assam Brass Waist Ornaments (Benyop)

                  Adi-Minyong people, Assam & Arunchal Pradesh, India
                  18th-19th century

                  length (of the largest piece): 11cm, width: 9.1cm, combined weight: 598g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  7063

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                    Lombok House-Shaped Storage Box

                    Sasak People, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara, Eastern Indonesia.
                    early 20th century

                    height: 67cm, width: 53.5cm, depth: 43.5cm, weight: 3,165g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    7207

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                      Fine, Dayak Brass Helmet Ornament

                      Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
                      19th century

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

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      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

                            6779

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                              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

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                                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

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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

                                    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.

                                              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.

                                                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.

                                                      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.

                                                            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

                                                              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.