Tattoo Pattern


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P238
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. The block is inked and pressed onto the skin as a guide for the tattooing. Pattern for a Kayan woman's thigh tattoo. This is an example of an ida lima, or five-line pattern, used by the wives and daughters of chiefs. Almost identical to P237. On the back, a drawing of part of another, four-line thigh design.

Length 5.1 cm
Width 13.4 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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