Tattoo Pattern


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P206
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kayan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Date Made ca. 1897
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. Identified by Furness as "ringgit salilang," a design used by Iban men of the Rejang River on the chest or breasts.

Length 8.2 cm
Width 6.4 cm
Thickness 1.2 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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