Karen people celebrating the Tazaungdine Festival

Unframed painting depicting four Karen people dancing as part of the festival of Kathina, after the rains retreat, when offerings are taken to the monastery and given to the monks. The offerings are hung on a tree-shaped stand, shown in the painting. The other structure is itself an offering, on which a Buddha image could be placed. One of the dancers is wearing a hawk's head mask and has a tattoo on his right leg. Along the top of the painting an inscription which translates: 'Karen offering – Tazaungdine – A tiered roof for Buddha.' The figures are painted on a blue ground.

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