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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.

Bura Phallic Funerary Pot

Bura Tribe phallic form funerary pot

Burkina Faso Storage Vessel

Burkina Faso jar, 36" dia. x 24" tall

Burkino Faso Bird Mask

Burkino Faso bird mask, Africa, 24.5" x 12".

Burmese Lacquered Bird Figure

Wooden lacquered bird figure used as a temple altar piece, ...

Candomblé Afro-Brazil Voodoo Figures

Pair male & female iron figures. Candomblé Jefe Afro-Brazil ...

Candomblé Afro-Brazil Voodoo Figures

Pair male & female iron figures. Candomblé Jefe Afro-Brazil ...

Candomblé Afro-Brazil Voodoo Symbol

Iron voodoo symbol, Candomblé Jefe Afro-Brazil religious ...

Carabao Horn Bulol

Carabao horn "bulol" (rice diety) figure, Philippines

Carved Mask

Carved wooden mask with paint. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Carved Processional Horse

Carved teak wood processional horse, Kochin, India, E.-M. ...

Carved Teakwood Coconut Grater

Carved teakwood coconut grater, animal form on legs, ...

Carved Temple Guardian

Polychrome painted wood temple guardian figure, India

Carved Tiger Figure

Teak carving of stylized tiger, India

Carved Wooden Kite Flute

Carved wooden "kite flute" which attaches to the kite frame ...

Chenda Drum

'Chenda' drum, India, India, mid 20th C

Chinese Ancestral Scroll

Ancestral scroll painting, Shanghai, China, mid 20th C., ...

Coconut Grater

Coconut grater, Batangas, Philippines, E-M 20th C. 27" x 5" ...

Coconut Scraper Thailand

Handcrafted teak coconut scraper Thailand, 20th C. 19.5" x ...

Dance Mask

Ramayana legend dance mask. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Dance Mask

Ramayana legend dance mask. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Dancing Bulul

Dancing "Bulul", Kiangan, Mt. Province, Luzon Cordilliera, ...

Diviner's Statue

Wood Diviner's statue, Africa

Elephant Altar Decoration

Elephant with inlaid precious and semi-precious stones

Food Bowl

Carved wooden food bowl with handle

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