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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P202
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kayan
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Date Made: Before 1897
Early Date: 1887
Late Date: 1897
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 10.4 cm
Width: 6.3 cm
Thickness: 0.9 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 man's design, for the arm or thigh. Identified by Hose and Shelford as " a Barawan and Kenyah modification of the dog design, known as 'hook' (kowit) pattern." Also similar to a Berawan tattoo block illustrated by Ernest B. Haddon that he presents as an example of the "dog-motif." A single pattern, for a man's forearm or thigh.

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: Plate VII, Fig. 7View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Article] Haddon, Ernest B. 1905. "The Dog-motif in Bornean Art". The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. pg. pp. 113-125 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 122, Fig. 17View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] McDougall, William, and Hose, Charles. 1912. The Pagan Tribes of Borneo.. London. Macmillan and Company. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 137, Fig. 7View Objects related to this Type Citation

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