Tattoo Pattern


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P225
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kayan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood

Flat piece of wood carved to leave a pattern in high relief. Such blocks are inked and pressed onto the skin as a guide for the tattooing. Carved at one end with a version of the Kayan aso (dog) design, for a Kayan man's forearm or upper thigh. Also, more shallowly engraved, a geometric design identified by Furness as a design for the inside of a Kenyah woman's forearm. The latter also appears in a drawing in Furness's Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters .This wooden block, including designs for both men and women, may be a sampler made for Furness.

Length 49.5 cm
Width 5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898
Other Number 106 - Other Number

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