[gallery type="slideshow" ids="85431,85429,85428,85430,85427,85426,85425,85424,85423,85422,85421"] RANGOON — The fourth solo exhibition of Burmese illustrator Nay Tun opened this week at Rangoon’s Lokanat Gallery. Titled “Myanmar Traditional Nats,” the works offer viewers a fresh type of exposure to an old tradition of worshipping Nats, which are believed to have sacred powers as guardians of people and property. The 18 works on view show several sides of the Burmese Nats, which—while considered protective beings—can also be vindictive if they are offended or ignored. Nay Tun’s watercolor works draw on historic illustrations of “The 37,” the most popular group of Burmese spirits often depicted in shrines in front of homes and places of worship. The charming works are notable for their colorful brushstrokes and shapes that seem to move along with the subjects, as spirits riding horses, tigers, buffaloes and elephants dance across the plane. One worthy of mention, “Queen of the Western Palace,” depicts a Nat guarding a newborn child. The 60-year-old artist has had three solo exhibitions before: “Nay Tun Milestones”; “Images of Mother’s Life”; and 13 Lotus.” Works are priced at US$350, and will be on view through July 7. Lokonat Gallery is located on the first floor of No. 62 Pansodan Road in Kyauktada Township, open daily from 9am to 5pm.
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