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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.

Japanese Clay Folk Figure

Japanese painted clay folk figure, Japan, 20th Century, 14" ...

Japanese Festival Flag

Handpainted Japanese festival flag or Noboribata

Japanese Festival Flag

Handpainted Japanese festival flag or Noboribata

Japanese Festival Flag

Handpainted Japanese festival flag or Noboribata

Jarai (Gia Rai) Gaurdian Figure

Gia Rai ethnic group spirit figure, Vietnam

Javanese Wedding Figures

This pair of solid teak carved wedding couple comes from ...

Jewelry Bowl

Precious metal jewelry bowl

Katar (Dagger) South India

Katar (Dagger) South India

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"


Mother of Pearl shell ship painting,China

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