From our Southeast Asia Collection, this is the first offering from our four-part series of Burmese Hyper-Realism Masterpieces executed in charcoal. From a technical perspective, these are some of the most extraordinarily realistic renditions in charcoal that we have ever seen, from any culture and from any time period. The artistic talent reflected in the creation of these works is really nothing short of amazing, especially when considering the inherent limitations of working in charcoal compared to other mediums such as oil.
This particular piece by artist Win Nain is untitled, and depicts a Padaung Hill Tribe "long-neck" mother with her child. For those unfamiliar with the Padaung, they are Burmese refugees of the Karen Tribe who live along the Burma / Thailand border. Starting from early childhood (about 5 years old) and proceeding every year thereafter, females have brass rings placed around their necks until they are 20 years old. By that point, they will have accumulated approximately 20-22 rings around their necks weighing almost 15 pounds, or 7 kilos. Due to the atrophy of the neck muscles as they mature through adulthood in this state, these rings can never be removed, or else the neck would actually collapse. The original reasons for the wearing of these rings is the stuff of legend and culture, and we encourage our clients to do their own reading on this interesting subject.
Size and Condition: In order to preserve and protect these amazing pieces (charcoals are inherently more "fragile" than oils), we felt it was best to frame them immediately upon acquisition. Buyers may choose to re-frame of course at their own discretion, but we can only sell these framed at this point. Framed dimensions are 19 1/2 inches tall, 15 inches wide. Perfect condition.