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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.

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, ...

Maasai Warrior Club

Maasai warriors 'rungu', throwing club / baton, Africa

MAHONGWE TRIBE RELIQUARY FIGURE

Mahongwe Tribe reliquary guardian figure on custom base, ...

MARINE RECOVERED POURING VESSEL

Marine-recovered Aegean Sea ceramic pouring ...

MARINE RECOVERED KLONG WARE

Marine recovered Klong ware fish motif bowl. Northern ...

MARINE RECOVERED POURING VESSEL

Marine-recovered Aegean Sea ceramic pouring ...

MARINE RECOVERED POURING VESSEL;

Marine-recovered Aegean Sea ceramic pouring ...

MARINE RECOVERED SONG DYNASTY BOTTLE

Marine recovered brown glazed export ware bottle, Sulu Sea, ...

MARINE RECOVERED SONG DYNASTY JAR COVER

Marine recovered Song Dynasty jar cover, Jolo, China 4.5"H ...

MEXICAN BULL FIGURE

Folk art bull figure, Guerrero, Mexico, vintage. 11.25" ...

MEXICAN TERRACOTTA BULL

Hand made, terracotta, folk art bull figure. Mexico, ...

MEXICAN TERRACOTTA BULL

Hand made, terra cotta, folk art, bull figure, Mexico, ...

MOLAVE WOOD FEED TROUGH

Molavé wood feed trough, Philippines, Mid-20th. C.

MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL

Carved Mother of Pearl shell, Philippines

MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL PAINTING

Mother of Pearl shell ship painting,China

MOTHER WITH FOUR CHILDREN

Mother with four children, Colonial piece with clay ...

MOUNTAIN HUNTERS at CABIN

Folk art watercolor, 'Mountain Hunters At Cabin', mid 20th C

Murugan and Peacock

Terra cotta figure of "Murugan" and peacock with polychrome ...

NARA WOOD GONG HANDLE

Narra wood carved gong handle with stylized double animal ...

NARA WOOD GONG HANDLE

Narra wood carved gong handle with stylized double bird ...