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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.

Takaan Dress Form

'Takaan', papier mache dress form, Philippines

TAMI ISLAND FOOD BOWL

Tami Island Feast bowl, New Guinea.

Tangkil Kalangua Tribe

"Tangkil" Kalungua Tribe, N. Luzon Is. PI. 6" x 5" x 5½"

Tapa Cloth

Handmade Tapa cloth, South Pacific Islands

Tapa Cloth

Handmade Tapa cloth, South Pacific Islands

TEAK ANIMAL FEED TROUGH

Teak animal feed trough, Gujarat, India, mid 20th C.

TEAK DEITY FIGURE

Teak wood, polychrome painted, deity figure, India, ...

TEAK HALF ROUND TEMPLE DECORATION

Teak half round temple post decoration. Burma, Early 20th ...

Temple Guardian

Teak temple guardian figure

Temple Guardian Figure

Polychrome pianted wood temple gaurdian figure, India

TERRA COTTA NANDI BULL FIGURE

Terra cotta Nandi bull figure with polychrome paint. India, ...

Timor Female Ancestral Effigy

Female Ancestral Figure, Timor, Malaysia

TIMOR SKULL MASK

Bone scrimshaw mask, Timor Island, Indonesia

TIMOR SKULL MASK

Bone scrimshaw mask Timor Island, Indonesia

TIMOR SPIRIT ANCESTRAL FIGURE

Carved wood spirit / ancestral figure, Timor, Indonesia, ...

Tobacco Storage Box

Bontoc pine tobacco storage box, Philippines

Toe-Nayar Dragon Naga - Burma

Dragon / Naga like 'Toe-Nayar', mythological creature gong ...

TOMB EXCAVATED HAN CHINESE FIGURE

Han Dynasty "stick man" figure (repaired) on plexiglass ...

TOMB EXCAVATED HAN DYNASTY FIGURE

Tomb excavated, painted earthenware female figure in muted ...

TRAN DYNASTY CERAMIC JAR

Excavated crackle glaze jar, Hanoi, Vietnam, Tran Dynasty

TRAN ERA ROOF TILE

Tran Era Vietnamese Blue-green roof tile finial rain drain.

TRAVELER ON HORSEBACK

Traveler on horseback, teak wood with polychrome paint. ...