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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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.

    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

          6777

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            Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

            Naga People
            circa 1900

            length: 93.1cm, weight: 96g

            Provenance

            private European collection

            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.

                                      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.