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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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

    7150

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      Rare Dayak Ironwood Ear Plugs

      Dayak People, Borneo, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
      19th-early 20th century

      diameter: approximately 5.2cm, depth: 2.6cm, combined weight: 165g

      Provenance

      private collection, Germany.

      3905

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        Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl (Duyu)

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

        width: 28cm, weight: 848g

        Provenance

        private European collection.

        7151

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          Two Dayak Aso-shaped Brass Ear Ornaments

          Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia
          19th century

          width: approximately 3.5cm, combined weight: 99g

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          Provenance

          private collection, Germany.

          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

                        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.

                                          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.

                                                      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.