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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P211
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Date Made: ca. 1897
Early Date: 1887
Late Date: 1897
Length: 11.3 cm
Width: 6 cm
Thickness: 1.8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898


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 is identified by Furness as "kala asu" (scorpion dog), usually tattooed on a Kenyah or Kayan man's forearm or upper thigh. Similar to a block illustrated by Hose and Shelford as a "Kayan dog design." A single pattern, for a man's forearm or thigh. From a tatu-block in the Sarawak Museum.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

The Dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rain Forest (Furness, Hiller, Harrison Borneo Collection) (25 Feb 1989 - 01 Jul 1990) View Objects in Exhibition


[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
[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 VI, Fig. 6View 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 136, Fig. 6View Objects related to this Type Citation

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