Tattoo Pattern


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P218
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Iban
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Date Made 19th century CE
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 (pantang peru) for the front of an Iban man's throat. Almost a duplicate of a Sea Dayak [Iban] throat design illustrated by Hose and Shelford.

Length 9.9 cm
Width 4.1 cm
Thickness 1.1 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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