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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.

Carved Tiger Figure

Teak carving of stylized tiger, India

Carved Wooden Kite Flute

Carved wooden "kite flute" which attaches to the kite frame ...

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., ...


Polychrome painted wood Foo dog mask, China.


Rosewood 'frolicking boys on carabao' sculpture, 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 Bulol

Dancing bulol figure

Dancing Bulul

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

Diviner's Statue

Wood Diviner's statue, Africa

Elephant Altar Decoration

Elephant with inlaid precious and semi-precious stones

Female Fertility Figure

Female fertility figure, Ashanti tribe, Ghana, Africa

Female Nat Figure

Female Nat figure, Burma

Female Nat with Cobra

Female Nat with Cobra

Filipino Heritage - The Making of a Nation

Filipino Heritage Encyclopedia - 10 volume set

Food Bowl

Carved wooden food bowl with handle


Gope board Papua New Guinea

Granite Pestle

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