As I procure works for my collection, it rarely occurs that I find a set or series of pieces by the same artist. Today, I found a set of four works by the same artist. The artist, #MuangLarBan, was from Burma or Myanmar and these works come from around 1936.
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh.
The first image is probably the best known site in Burma, the marvellous #ShwedagonPagoda in Rangoon. Sitting high atop the sacred shrine of Singuttara Hill, the pagoda houses the relics of The Buddha and three Buddhas that preceded him. Encased in gold and jewels, the beauty of it’s architecture and design will amaze you, as will the sparkling of it’s jewels. This wondrous holy place is filled with spirituality, history and legend.
The following three images portray, I believe, waterside village scenes on Inle Lake. Local fishermen are known for practising a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around an oar. This unique style evolved for the reason that the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds. However, this leg rowing style is the practice of the men only. Women row in the customary style, using the oar with their hands, sitting cross legged at the stern.
I love the colours in these pictures and love the image of villager life which they portray. I hope you enjoy them too.