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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.

BURMESE LACQUER BAMBOO KHWET

Red lacquer bamboo food bowl, Burma, early 20th C

BURMESE LACQUER TABLE TOP

Eight-sided lacquer tabletop fragment with figures, Burma, ...

Burmese Lacquered Bird Figure

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

Burmese Nat

Nat figure, Burma

Burmese Nat

Nat figure on horseback, Myanmar

Burmese Nat on Horse

Nat figure on horse, Burma

BURMESE OX CART HANDLE

Teak ox cart handle, Burma, E. 20th C.

Burmese Painted Tray

Burmese Painted Teak Wood Tray

Burmese Puppet Head

Teak marionette head, Burma

Burmese Puppet Heads

Pair of puppet heads, Burma

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 EROTIC PANEL

Carved erotic panel with male and female figures. India, ...

Carved Mask

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

Carved Processional Horse

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

CARVED TEAK HEAD OF BARONG

Carved teak head of "Barong," a traditional character in ...

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 WOOD DOVE

White painted wood "dove of peace" (holy spirit). ...

Carved Wooden Kite Flute

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

CERAMIC BROWN GLAZED VASE

Ceramic vase with brown glaze and incised design, Cham ...