Tooth Blackener


From: Borneo | Sarawak | Silat River

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P49
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak | Silat River
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Black Earth

Black earth for staining teeth. Batu tunai. Blackening the teeth, a form of "cosmetical adornment in which almost every tribe in Borneo indulges." "The staining is effected with a paste made of a greyish-black shale rock, called 'Tunai,' powdered very fine and mixed with water and the ashes of a wood. . . . " (The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters) Used by both men and women.

Length 11.5 cm
Outside Diameter 0.8 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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