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Ethnographic and indigenous artifacts appeal to collectors for a variety of reasons. Many associate the craft associated with these objects, which hearkens back to a time when people made exquisite objects using rudimentary tools. These artifacts, which include hunting and fishing implements, toys, ceremonial costumes, and statues, as well as arts and crafts, often required immense time and labor.

Indigenous objects offer a fascinating window into cultures that existed long before the advent of modern conveniences. The objects of their quotidian lives, from cutlery and vessels to art objects, were fashioned without the aid of electricity or advanced technologies. Furthermore, these artifacts, whether from Africa, the Americas, or Europe, showcase an aesthetic that is perennially appealing and unlike anything produced today.

The enduring allure of indigenous artifacts is evident in their contribution to the evolution of modern art, as early modernists such as Pablo Picasso and contemporary artists such as Martin Puryear incorporated aesthetic aspects of disparate traditions into their work.


Quick Facts

  • The Laplander tribes of Scandinavia produced handicrafts made from wood, bone, and antlers that are valued by collectors throughout the world for their restrained beauty
  • In 2013, Sotheby's sold a collection of Navajo blankets that brought in nearly one million dollars
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has tens of thousands of ethnographic and indigenous artifacts from cultures around the world

Recommended Items at Auction

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6 Pieces of wood with Minnie Balls
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
6 Pieces of wood with Minnie Balls
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1007 Bids
Iroquois Snapping Turtle Shell Rattle
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Iroquois Snapping Turtle Shell Rattle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
Alaskan Inuit Walrus Bone Tools
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Alaskan Inuit Walrus Bone Tools
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$1503 Bids
LURISTAN BRONZE AXE HEAD.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LURISTAN BRONZE AXE HEAD.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3002 Bids
Alter Turkmenischer Brustschmuck, Silber (säuregeprüft), 19. - Mitte 20. Jh.
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Alter Turkmenischer Brustschmuck, Silber (säuregeprüft), 19. - Mitte 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Königstein GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€802 Bids
Alter Turkmenischer Brustschmuck TUMAR, Silber, 19. - Mitte 20. Jh.
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Alter Turkmenischer Brustschmuck TUMAR, Silber, 19. - Mitte 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Königstein GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€802 Bids
TWO TERRACOTTA MOTHER GODDESS FIGURE, 4TH-3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
TWO TERRACOTTA MOTHER GODDESS FIGURE, 4TH-3RD MILLENNIUM B.C.
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2002 Bids
ANTIQUE TURKMEN SILVER CARNELIAN CUFF BRACELETS
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE TURKMEN SILVER CARNELIAN CUFF BRACELETS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
ethnic necklace with bigger beads of turquoise and…
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CET
ethnic necklace with bigger beads of turquoise and…
by DVC
Est: €50- €150
€501 Bid
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Sasanian Family Type Gemstone Seal Ring
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Sasanian Family Type Gemstone Seal Ring
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $40- $50
$101 Bid
TRIBAL CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASK
Dec 13, 11:00 AM EST
TRIBAL CARVED & PAINTED WOOD MASK
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$501 Bid
Ancient Luristan Master Of Animals Bronze Finial
Jan 08, 12:00 PM EST
Ancient Luristan Master Of Animals Bronze Finial
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Miniature Tribal Hand Painted Shields.
Dec 13, 7:00 PM AEDT
Miniature Tribal Hand Painted Shields.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Brustschmuck-Plakette (Guljaka), turkmenisch, 19./20. Jh., Silber (säuregeprüft).
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Brustschmuck-Plakette (Guljaka), turkmenisch, 19./20. Jh., Silber (säuregeprüft).
by Auktionshaus Königstein GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
Jumlo Bridal Tunic, Punjab Region
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Jumlo Bridal Tunic, Punjab Region
by Circle Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Persian bottle
Dec 13, 2:30 PM CET
Persian bottle
by Millon & Associes
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0001 Bid
Turkmenische Gebetsschatullen mit Amulettbox, Ende 19./ Anf. 20. Jh., Silber.
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Turkmenische Gebetsschatullen mit Amulettbox, Ende 19./ Anf. 20. Jh., Silber.
by Auktionshaus Königstein GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€601 Bid
LARGE TRIBAL BOWL Diam. 22 in., 3 in. H
Dec 13, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE TRIBAL BOWL Diam. 22 in., 3 in. H
by Potomack Company
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
Hand carved Tribal Mask - natural pigment painted finish. Approx. 60cm long, 30cm wide.
Dec 13, 7:00 PM AEDT
Hand carved Tribal Mask - natural pigment painted finish. Approx. 60cm long, 30cm wide.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Collection of Ebonised Timber Hardwood Tribal Figures.
Dec 13, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of Ebonised Timber Hardwood Tribal Figures.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Vintage Hardwood Hand Carved Tribal Ceremonial Staff - Natural Fibre Rope Handle 117cm long.
Dec 13, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage Hardwood Hand Carved Tribal Ceremonial Staff - Natural Fibre Rope Handle 117cm long.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Hand Carved Vintage Hardwood Tribal Ceremonial Club . 63cm long.
Dec 13, 7:00 PM AEDT
Hand Carved Vintage Hardwood Tribal Ceremonial Club . 63cm long.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
TWO TERRACOTTA IDOLS, EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
TWO TERRACOTTA IDOLS, EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Other Cultures


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