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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.

EARTHENWARE BULL VESSEL

Earthenware "soro" bull vessel. Peru, late 1800s, 4" high x ...

EARTHENWARE PREGNANT QUEEN FIGURE

Earthenware pregnant queen figure, Djenne tribe, Mali ...

ELEPHANT LOGGING CART WHEEL

Burmese elephant logging cart wheel,

EROTIC PAINTED PARAT DISH

Erotic, painted wood “parat” serving dish. India, early ...

ETHIOPIAN SHOULDER BASKET

Orthodox Christian imagery of Amhara food basket, Ethiopia

EUROPEAN TAPESTRY

Floral Patterned European Tapestry

EXCAVATED CELADON CENSER

Marine excavated celadon censer, Sulu Sea (off coast of ...

EXCAVATED KHMER COOKING VESSEL

Excavated Khmer cooking vessel, Cambodia, Bayon Period, ...

Female Nat Figure

Female Nat figure, Burma

Female Nat with Cobra

Female Nat with Cobra

FIGURE WITH DOG AND GRAPES

Male figure with dog and grapes, earthenware with ...

FOLK STORYTELLING FIGURES

Pair of temple folk storytelling figures. Gujarat, India, ...

Food Bowl

Carved wooden food bowl with handle

Fu (Foo) Dogs

Fu (Foo) Shishi lions, China, mid 20th century

GLAZED KHMER JARLET

Incised brown glazed Khmer Jarlet, Khmer, Cambodia, ...

GONG HANDLE

Gong handle carved with two seated figures facing away from ...

GOPE BOARD

Gope board Papua New Guinea

Granite Pestle

Granite grinding / crushing instrument (pestle). Pusan, ...

Hamsa Figure

Hamsa figure, Burma

Hamsa Mythological Bird

Hamsa figure, Hindu mythological bird, Burma.

HAN BRONZE POURING VESSEL

Excavated bronze three-legged pouring vessel, Buddha, north ...

HAN DYNASTY JAR

Han Dynasty covered jar, 206 BC - 220 AD, China

Hand Carved

Hand-carved "Nandi" bill, (Lord Shiva's mount), ...

HAND-CARVED PRIEST FIGURE

Hand carved seated priest figure with red, black and gold ...