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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.

MARINE RECOVERED SONG DYNASTY BOTTLE

Marine recovered brown glazed export ware bottle, Sulu Sea, ...

MARINE RECOVERED SONG DYNASTY JAR COVER

Marine recovered Song Dynasty jar cover, Jolo, China 4.5"H ...

MEXICAN BULL FIGURE

Folk art bull figure, Guerrero, Mexico, vintage. 11.25" ...

Mexican Devil Throne

Devils throne, Guerrero, Mexico, c. 1945, 28" x 26"

MEXICAN TERRACOTTA BULL

Hand made, terracotta, folk art bull figure. Mexico, ...

MEXICAN TERRACOTTA BULL

Hand made, terra cotta, folk art, bull figure, Mexico, ...

MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL

Carved Mother of Pearl shell, Philippines

MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL PAINTING

Mother of Pearl shell ship painting,China

MOTHER WITH FOUR CHILDREN

Mother with four children, Colonial piece with clay ...

MOUNTAIN HUNTERS at CABIN

Folk art watercolor, 'Mountain Hunters At Cabin', mid 20th C

Murugan and Peacock

Terra cotta figure of "Murugan" and peacock with polychrome ...

NARA WOOD GONG HANDLE

Narra wood carved gong handle with stylized double animal ...

NARA WOOD GONG HANDLE

Narra wood carved gong handle with stylized double bird ...

Narra Wood Ifugao Bowl

Narra wood Ifugao food bowl, Philippines

Nat Figure

Seated Male Nat, Burma

Nat Figure

Male Nat figure, Burma

Nat Figure on Horseback

Nat Figure on Horseback

Nat on Horseback

Painted wood Nat on horseback, Burma

NEW GUINEA KIKORI DRUM

Kikori drum, Papuan Gulf, Papua, New Guinea, 20th C.

NEW GUINEA SLIT DRUM

Big Bellied Pig Drum, Sepik River, New Guinea,

Nigerian Family Carving

Nigerian Mother with Children

NIPA HUT KITCHEN UTILITY SHELF

Ifugao nipa hut cooking area utility shelf

Old Yak

Carved wood old yak figure