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Image of the Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Buddha is depicted in deep concentration on the Lotus Throne. The painting has a unique combination of Eastern and Western drawing techniques.

History of the Object
U Ngwe Gaing was recognized as the greatest living painter in Myanmar. He had great influence on the next generation of artists and his works are now highly sought after. He was initially self taught and then improved his skills via an American correspondence painting course. He needed to work at many jobs until he became able to support himself as an artist.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on fibre 
Measurements
Width 93 cm. Length 62 cm.  
Creator name
U Ngwe Gaing 
Creator date
1901-1967 
Where it was made
Yangon and Mandalay 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
Wall decoration in a religious place. 
Acquisition
A retired ambassador of the Union of Myanmar to England donated the painting from his own collection to the National Museum on February 27, 1997. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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