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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P207
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Date Made: ca. 1897
Early Date: 1887
Late Date: 1897
Length: 7.5 cm
Width: 5 cm
Thickness: 1 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. A version of a pattern identified in Hose and Shelford as a Kayan tattoo design from the Rejang River known as "dog without a tail," a pattern "for the front and sides of thigh of women of high rank." The head and the sinuous body are similar to those in pattern CG180790-8161, with the same resemblance to a dog motif in beadwork illustrated by Ernest E. Haddon. A single design, 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


[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 IX, Fig. 5View 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 139View Objects related to this Type Citation

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