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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:CG180790-8162
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 5.1 cm
Width: 4.9 cm
Thickness: 0.7 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. Design is two concentric bands of radiating slashes with an eight pointed star in center and a double curved projection on one edge. Probably a single, isolated design for a man. Possibly a version of the Kayan lukut (bead) design, for a man's wrist (see P204 and Hose and Shelford Plate IX, Fig. 10.

Bibliography:

[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. 10View 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 139, Fig. 10View Objects related to this Type Citation

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