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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.

Chimera Style Torso

Chimera style stone torso, Cambodia

Chinese Ancestral Scroll

Ancestral scroll painting, Shanghai, China, mid 20th C., ...

CHINESE ANCESTRAL SCROLL

Matriarchal ancestral portrait, China, 19th C.

CHINESE BATH TUB

Chinese baby bath tub, 38"L x 27"W x10"H

CHINESE BOWL

Chinese bowl, 17th C., 5"H x 12"W.

CHINESE CHARGER PLATE

Underglaze blue painted porcelain charger depicting trees ...

CHINESE FOO DOG MASK

Polychrome painted wood Foo dog mask, China.

CHINESE ROSEWOOD CARABAO

Rosewood 'frolicking boys on carabao' sculpture, China

CHOKWE CHAIR, ANGOLA

Chokwe Prestige Seat, Angola, Africa, 20th C.

Coconut Grater

Coconut grater, Batangas, Philippines, E-M 20th C. 27" x 5" ...

Coconut Scraper Thailand

Handcrafted teak coconut scraper Thailand, 20th C. 19.5" x ...

Cosmetic Storage Container

Brass 'sindoor' (hair) and 'kumkum' (forehead bindi spot) ...

Dance Mask

Ramayana legend dance mask. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Dance Mask

Ramayana legend dance mask. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Dancing Bulul

Dancing "Bulul", Kiangan, Mt. Province, Luzon Cordilliera, ...

DENSU LEGBA AFRICA

Densu Legba, Fon, Anacho, Togo, Africa

DENSU LEGBA AFRICA

Densu Legba figure, Fon people, Anacho, Togo, Africa

DHYANGRO FRAME DRUM

Frame drum (Dhyangro) Buddhist, Nepal, Early-Mid 20th C., ...

Diviner's Statue

Wood Diviner's statue, Africa

DJENNE TRIBE STORAGE JAR

Earthenware storage jar, Djenne Tribe, Mali, Africa, c. ...

DJENNE' MALI, POURING VESSEL

DJENNE' MALI POURING VESSEL

DJENNE' POURING VESSEL

Djenne', Mali, earthenware bottle

DJENNE' POURING VESSEL

Djenne' culture pottery pouring vessel, Mali, W. Africa.

DONG SON PERIOD CERAMIC

From recent river excavations, late Dong Son period, N. ...