Drinking Cup

Object Number:P367A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Tinjar River
Height: 21.6 cm
Width: 8.3 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898


Tebok bulu. Bamboo plain. From the 1902 publication by William Henry Furness, "The Home-life of Borneo Head-huners: Its Festivals and Folk-lore": Hearing a song about a "glittering cup, a bamboo cup," but never having seen anything but "pressed-glass tumblers or cocoanut shells" in the long-houses, Furness inspired his hosts to a rummaging in the rafters, which produced several bamboo cups "coated with dust and soot. They were carved into a sort of lip like a pitcher on the upper edge, and on the sides were decorated with engraved scrolls, bands, and circles. Tama Bulan was delighted to see them, and said he remembered well when there was no other kind of cup...He insisted that one should be washed out immediately and put to use, inasmuch as arrack always tasted far better from the bamboo."

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] Davenport, William H. "Selections from the Exhibition: The Dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rainforest". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 30. no. 1. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 43 (d), centerView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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