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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.

Puppet Head

Painted teak puppet head, Burma

Ramayana Figure

Ramayana legend figure

Roman Soldier Frieze

Carved stone frieze of Roman soldier, Turkey

Samal Sunduk Burial Marker

Sunduk burial site marker, Philippines

Samal Sunduk Burial Marker

Sunduk burial site marker, Philippines

San Isidro The Laborer

San Ysidro the Laborer, Panay, Philippines, Early 20th C., ...

Santol Wood Female Bulol

Santol wood standing female "bulol", Ifugao rice god, ...

Seated Bulol Figure

Wood carved seated 'Bulol' figure, Philippines

Senufu Porpianong Queens Throne

Senufu culture Porpianong Queens throne, Ivory Coast, Africa

Shamans Satan Doll

Shamans satan doll, Brazil

Shinto Goblin

Yamaushi "Tengu", Japanese Buddhist / Shinto goblin. ...

Shinto Goblin

Yamaushi "Tengu", Japanese Buddhist / Shinto goblin. ...

Silver Ceremonial Bowl

Chased silver bowl,Thailand, E.20th C.

Silver Collection Bowl

Silver Buddhist monks collection bowl, Laos

Sindoor Powder Container India

Sindoor and kumkum powder container, India

Singha Figure Bracket

Teak bracket with Singha figure, Thailand

Singha Lion

Teak carved "Singha", mythological lion figure.

Singha Post Base

Singha motif post base, Indonesia

Spirit Boat

Molave' wood Spirit Boat vessel, Sulu Archipelago

Standing Bulul Pair

Pair of standing male and female bulul figures, Hapao, ...

Standing Male Hook Figure

Standing male "hook" figure with white shell eye inserts, ...

Storage Container

Bronze storage vessel

Sunduk Grave Marker

Bajau grave marker - Sulu Archipelago

Takaan Dress Form

'Takaan', papier mache dress form, Philippines

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