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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.

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 ...

Candomblé Afro-Brazil Voodoo Figures

Pair male & female iron figures. Candomblé Jefe Afro-Brazil ...

Candomblé Afro-Brazil Voodoo Symbol

Iron voodoo symbol, Candomblé Jefe Afro-Brazil religious ...

Carabao Horn Bulol

Carabao horn "bulol" (rice diety) figure, Philippines

Carved Mask

Carved wooden mask with paint. Bali, Indonesia. Late 20th ...

Carved Processional Horse

Carved teak wood processional horse, Kochin, India, E.-M. ...

Carved Temple Guardian

Polychrome painted wood temple guardian figure, India

Carved Tiger Figure

Teak carving of stylized tiger, India

Chenda Drum

'Chenda' drum, India, India, mid 20th C

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 FOO DOG MASK

Polychrome painted wood Foo dog mask, China.

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, ...

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