U Mya Aye was a Burmese ethnologist, archaeologist, and great scholar known to have painted various tribal people of Burma. This painting, said to have been painted ca 1970, is of a young Naga man dressed with boar's tusk in his hair He also has a white and black kingfisher feather protruding from the center of his hair. He is wearing a necklace with a pendant.
There are 3 million people living in the highlands of northern Burma and northeast India . Among them they have many sub-tribal groups speaking many different dialects of a Tibetan-Burmese origin. However, they use English as their inter-tribal language. They were subjugated by the British in 1888, which accounts for this use of English.
Age: Contemporary ca 1970
Size: painting 23-1/2" x 15-1/2"
Media: Oil on canvas
This work of art is currently framed