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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P245
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kayan
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Date Made: Before 1897
Early Date: 1890
Late Date: 1897
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 16 cm
Width: 3 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

Description

Flat piece of wood carved to leave a pattern in high relief. The block is inked and pressed onto the skin as a guide for the tattooing. A Kayan man's design for the shoulder, breast, or thigh. A version of the aso (dog) design.

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