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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.

Singha Figure Bracket

Teak bracket with Singha figure, Thailand

Singha Lion

Teak carved "Singha", mythological lion figure.

Singha Post Base

Singha motif post base, Indonesia

Spirit Boat

Molave' wood Spirit Boat vessel, Sulu Archipelago

Standing Bulul Pair

Pair of standing male and female bulul figures, Hapao, ...

Standing Male Hook Figure

Standing male "hook" figure with white shell eye inserts, ...

Stone Ifugao Bilol Figure

Carved stone "Bulol" Ifugao rice god figure, standing w/ ...

Stone Ifugao Figure

Carved stone male "Bulol" Ifugao rice god figure, standing ...

Stone Ifugao Rice God Figure

Carved stone female "Bulol" Ifugao rice god figure, seated ...

Stone Ifugao Rice God Figure

Carved stone seated "Bulol" Ifugao rice god figure, seated ...

Stone Ifugao Rice God Figure

Carved stone seated "Bulol" Ifugao tribal rice god figure, ...

Stonewood Ancestral Figure

Wood carved ancestral figure, Borneo

Stonewood Carving

Stonewood carved seated male figure, Rote Island, ...

Storage Container

Bronze storage vessel

Sunduk Grave Marker

Bajau grave marker - Sulu Archipelago

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

T'Nalak Tapestry Philippines

T'Nalak (Tanalok) fabric, Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Mindanao, ...

Takaan Dress Form

'Takaan', papier mache dress form, Philippines

Takaan Madonna Mold

Takaan paper mache' mold, Madonna figure, Philippines, 20th ...