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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.

Bamboo Document Box

Bamboo document box, Laos

Beatrix Potter Embroidery

Mr Gregory's garden and squirrels wood house are featured ...

Bedouin Treasure Chest

Silver overlay, bronze and brass treasure / doury chest, ...

Bell & Vajra Ritual Objects Holder

Bell & Vajra (Dorje) Ritual Objects Holder

Bhutanese Elephant

Bhutanese elephant with Ganesh statue

Binabuy Pig Figure

Binabuy (companion to Bulul) pig figure, Philippines

Bone Container

Carved bone container, Africa

Bontoc Pine

Bontoc pine "duyo" food bowl, Banaue Luzon Cordillera, ...

Bontoc Pine Carved

Bontoc pine carved "Kinalu" bowl with double stylized head ...

Bontoc Pine Ladle

Bontoc pine carved food ladle, Ifugao tribe, Luzon Island, ...

Bontoc Pine Mixing Bowl

Bontoc pine mixing bowl with spout, Luzon Island, ...

Buddhist Temple Bell

Buddhist temple bell with Vishnu, India, late 19th century

Buddhist Temple Elephant

Buddhist temple elephant, Burma, L. 20th C

Bulul Rice Dieties

Pair Bulul rice gods, Igorot tribe, Banaue, Philippines, L. ...

Bulul Tangkil Armlet

Tangkil', armlet, double Bulul figures, Bontoc, ...

Bulul Top Salt Container

Carved wood bottle shaped salt container with Bulul top ...

Bura Phallic Funerary Pot

Bura Tribe phallic form funerary pot

Burkina Faso Storage Vessel

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

Burmese Nat

Nat figure, Burma

Burmese Nat

Nat figure on horseback, Myanmar

Burmese Nat on Horse

Nat figure on horse, Burma

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 ...

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