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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.

Krishna with Mother

Carved teakwood figure of Krishna holding his ...

Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin, China, L. 19th century.

Land of the Morning Museum Catalog

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

Lao Chofa

Polychrome painted, teakwood "Chofa" figure, architectural ...

Lord Krishna Infant

Krishna, India, early 20th century.

Lutuan Betel Nut Box

Lutuan, Betel nut box, Mindanao, Philippines, early 1900's, ...

Maasai Warrior Club

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

Mandalay Style Peacock Figure

Mandalay Style Peacock Figure on base

Mexican Devil Throne

Devils throne, Guerrero, Mexico, c. 1945, 28" x 26"

Murugan and Peacock

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

Narra Wood Ifugao Bowl

Narra wood Ifugao food bowl, Philippines

Nat Figure

Seated Male Nat, Burma

Nat Figure

Male Nat figure, Burma

Nat Figure on Horseback

Nat Figure on Horseback

Nat on Horseback

Painted wood Nat on horseback, Burma

Nigerian Family Carving

Nigerian Mother with Children

Old Yak

Carved wood old yak figure

Ox Cart Handle

Teak wood ox cart handle, Burma

Painted Ceremonial Drum

Polychrome painted ceremonial drum with floral motif, 17" x ...

Painted Wood Festival Mask

Painted wood festival mask

Pair of Fu Dogs

Carved pair of wooden Fu Dogs or Foo dogs, resembling ...

Philippines Wedding Umbrella

Wedding umbrella, Maranao, Mindinao, Southern Philippines, ...

Pine Farming Tool

Pine wood, carved farming tool, Anatolia, Turkey, c. 1900, ...