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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P225
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kayan
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 49.5 cm
Width: 5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898
Other Number:106 - Other Number

Description

Flat piece of wood carved to leave a pattern in high relief. Such blocks are inked and pressed onto the skin as a guide for the tattooing. Carved at one end with a version of the Kayan aso (dog) design, for a Kayan man's forearm or upper thigh. Also, more shallowly engraved, a geometric design identified by Furness as a design for the inside of a Kenyah woman's forearm. The latter also appears in a drawing in Furness's Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters .This wooden block, including designs for both men and women, may be a sampler made for Furness.

Bibliography:

[Book] Furness, William H. 1902. The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters: Its Festivals and Folk-lore.. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Illustration following p. 148, No. 13 (right)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Furness, William H. 1902. The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters: Its Festivals and Folk-lore.. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Illustration following p. 148, Nos. 9 and 15View Objects related to this Type Citation

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