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Head Compressor

Object Number:P631A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Melanau
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Baram River
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Cloth
Metal
Height: 3 cm
Length: 32 cm
Width: 10 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Alfred C. Harrison Jr. and Dr. H. M. Hiller, 1899

Description

Tadal. For girl baby. "The padded board which is bound on the child's head is kept in place only while the child is asleep or lying quietly in its mother's lap. The pressure exerted by twisting the cord running over the head-board is never very severe, and the flattening of the forehead is barely perceptible in an adult." (Furness, The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters, following p. 158). Horizontal wooden bar, larger in the center with a pad covered in light colored cloth. Light colored cloth stripes are attached at either end and on top of the pad. A coin is attached to the strings on either ends of the wood.

Bibliography:

[Book] Furness, William H. 1902. The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters: Its Festivals and Folk-lore.. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: following p. 158View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] McDougall, William, and Hose, Charles. 1912. The Pagan Tribes of Borneo.. London. Macmillan and Company. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Vol. I, pp. 48-50 and Fig. 3View Objects related to this Type Citation

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