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Folk and Ethnic Art

Folk Art is the art of the everyday. It’s rooted in traditions that come from community, culture and expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics. It encompases a range of utilitarian and decorative media including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. These artistic works, as paintings, sculpture, basketry and utensils are typically produced in cultural isolation by untrained anonymous artisans of varying degrees of skill. Marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms and simple arrangements.

The term ‘Ethnic Art’ is a catch all designation which describes the cultural creations of non-Western societies. It relates to objects from national and cultural origins, i.e. denoting origin by birth or descent rather than by present nationality. They are characteristic of or belonging to a non-Western cultural tradition and are neither Christian nor Jewish; pagan or heathen.

Our collection of folk and ethnic art comprises all these attributes as mentioned and can be observed and viewed in this category.

Troll Head Figure

Troll head guardian figure with antlers, Burma

Vietnam Fisherman Water Puppet

Water puppet, Hanoi, Vietnam, Vintage.

Vietnamese Water Puppet

Dragon character water puppet, Hanoi, Vietnam. L. 20th ...

Vietnamese Water Puppet

Polychrome painted water puppet, woman husking rice, Hanoi, ...

Vietnamese Water Puppet

Polychrome painted water puppet, farmer with water buffalo, ...

Vietnamese Water Puppet

This is a puppet from Hanoi's renowned water puppet show.

Warrior Horse with Trappings

Horse figure, teakwood w/polychrome paint, Shan state, ...

Wayang Golek Puppet

Wayang Golek stick puppet, wood, batik cloth and polychrome ...

Wayang Golek Puppet

Wayang Golek stick puppet, wood, cloth and polychrome ...

Wood Carved Double Bulol

Bontoc pinne wood carved double 'bulol" figures, Philippines

Woven Rattan Headress

Woven rattan headress with bulul, Philippines

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