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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:CG180790-8166
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 9.5 cm
Width: 5.6 cm
Thickness: 0.8 cm

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. Man's tattoo. Design is what Hose and Shelford identify as a "Kayan dog design (udoh asu) for thighs of men," Furness identifies it as the Kenyah "kala asu,' or "scorpion dog design." A single pattern, for a man's forearm or thigh.

Bibliography:

[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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