Folk Painting of Akha Village
This panoramic depiction of an Akha village is an idealized version typical of the Thai perception of the hilltribes. The costumes are ‘folklorized’ versions often seen in Thai stage shows for tourists.( However, some details are correct: the carrying baskets with forehead straps, baskets loaded with tubes representing either firewood or bamboo tubes for carrying water (detail 1).) It is also unlikely that an Akha village will be beside a stream, as they reside on the tops of the mountains, not in the lowlands. Curiously, a Hornbill bird is perched in a tree in Detail 1. Rendered in paint on a wooden board, with the colors softened with age, this used to hang in the shaman’s home.
Size: 45″ x 13″