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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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

                          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.

                                      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.