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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.

Japanese Festival Flag

Handpainted Japanese festival flag or Noboribata

Japanese Festival Flag

Handpainted Japanese festival flag or Noboribata

JAPANESE KANNON BODHISATTVA

Japanese Kannon, "Goddess Of Mercy," Genroku Period

JAVANESE KUL KUL (SLIT DRUM)

Jackfruit slit drum, Java, Indonesia

Javanese Wedding Figures

This pair of solid teak carved wedding couple comes from ...

JENI TRIBE EARTHENWARE

Excavated earthenware storage jar, Jeni Tribe, Mali, ...

Jewelry Bowl

Precious metal jewelry bowl

JIZO BOSATSU

Jizo Botatsu figure, Japan, 18:H x 10"W x 8"D.

KALINGA STORAGE JAR

Terra cotta rice storage jar, Kalinga, Philippines, 12"H x ...

KAMA SUTRA COPULATING COUPLE

Kama Sutra copulating couple, wood carving, India, Mid-20th ...

KANBAN JAPANESE SHOP SIGN

Kanban (Japanese Shop Sign) for a fish fertilizer shop, ...

Katar (Dagger) South India

Katar (Dagger) South India

KENDI POURING VESSEL

Marine recovered Kendi, Palawan, Philippines, 15th-16th C.

KENDI RITUAL VESSEL

"Kendi", ritual pot, Iron Age period, Philippines,

KNIFE WITH COPPER SHEATH

Knife (or "kris/keris") with male figure detail handle, ...

Krishna with Mother

Carved teakwood figure of Krishna holding his ...

KUBA TRIBE DRINKING CUP

Wood carved, double spout, double headed ceremonial ...

KUBA TRIBE FOOD BASKET

Kuba tribe food storage basket, Congo, Africa, 5.5"H x 9"W.

Land of the Morning Museum Catalog

Land of the Morning - Treasures of the Philippines; San ...

LOPBURI KILN PESTLE

Terra cotta hand anvil/pestle, Lopburi kiln excavations, ...

Lord Krishna Infant

Krishna, India, early 20th century.

LUBA KINGDOM POUR VESSEL

Pouring vessel, incised clay, Luba Kingdom, Zaire, Congo, ...