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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P216
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kayan
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 7 cm
Width: 3 cm
Thickness: 1 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. Pattern may be a crude version of an Iban design for the front of a man's throat.

Bibliography:

[Article] Shelford, R., and Hose, Charles. 1906. "Materials for a Study of Tatu in Borneo". The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol. XXXVI. pg. 1-48 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 87, Fig. 11View Objects related to this Type Citation

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