Tattoo Pattern


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P203
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kayan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood

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. Resembles a pattern identified by Hose and Shelford as a "Sea-Dayak [Iban] modification of the [Kayan] dog design." A single pattern, for a man's forearm or thigh.

Length 14.2 cm
Width 5.5 cm
Thickness 0.8 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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