Vintage Panel of a Female Farmer with a Basket, Myanmar/Burma (T052B-BLE)
H: 16.75” W: 9.375” D: 3” | FREE SHIPPING
This delightful polychrome wood folk panel of a barefoot female farmer depicts her with the long woven handle of her woven rattan basket across her forehead while her head tilts backward to balance her load. This is a familiar depiction to anyone who has traveled to Asian farming regions. The farmer’s hardiness is expressed in the thickness of her legs, wide solid neck, large hands, and long arms. She wears a short-sleeve knee-length open v-neck peasant dress with bands at the arms and the dress is modestly decorated with plus-like designs and parallel lines above cross-hatches below as it billows around her at the bottom. She stands solidly upright with her feet parallel at a 45 degree and her right arm holding a tool handle. Her only personal adornment is a pair of simple round earrings. As a set, the three panels of the Female Farmer with a Hoe (T052C-BLE), Female Farmer with a Basket (T052B-BLE), and Court Dancer (T052A-BLE) would make a unique and charming wall arrangement. This piece is in very good condition.
Farming and raising domestic animals has long been central to the economic welfare of Burmese peasants and women have forever been involved in domestic activities including demanding and strenuous work. Despite this, women rarely see themselves as farmers. This is because of a long-held patriarchal culture, the narrow views of Burmese law, and long-held social limitations of a rural culture that considers them merely workers who labor for men: their father, brother, or husband. The enthusiasm the Burmese have in celebrating and honoring their past arts can be seen in vintage pieces produced in the last 4-5 decades. Woodcarvers are so intensely observant and gifted they are able to reproduce antique-looking patinas and partially applied old painted surface effects making inexperienced buyers believe pieces they like are genuine antiques. This panel was likely made using old wood with insect-bored holes, some damage, and old nail holes as if it were antique and detached from a wall. Although well-conceived “modern folk antiques” like this are very charming creations that exhibit the skills and creative imagination of the Burmese folk art artist producing a piece worthy of a more than reasonable price, it is, on the other hand, a tragedy if it is sold as a genuine antique with an exaggerated date and an inflated price, which is not the case here.
|Dimensions||18 × 12 × 6 in|
|Materials and Technique||
Ht: 16.75” W: 9.375” D: 3”
Ht: 2.545cm W: 23.81cm D: 7.62cm
Made with an aged patina and expected paint losses and scrapes as if antique, no repairs or restorations.
|Shipping Box Size|
12” to 17.9”