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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:P215
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Date Made: ca. 1897
Early Date: 1887
Late Date: 1897
Length: 12 cm
Width: 4.3 cm
Thickness: 0.7 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898


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. Similar to a pattern identified by Furness as a Kenyah design "'kala asu,' the scorpion dog, - on the forearm," and by Hose and Shelford as a "Kayan dog design for thighs of men." An even closer match with a design illustrated by Nieuwenhuis as used by Kayan men of the Mendalam River. Two different versions of the design carved on front and back of block.

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


[Book] Furness, William H. 1902. The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters: Its Festivals and Folk-lore.. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: following p. 148, No. 9.View Objects related to this Type Citation
[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 VI, Fig. 1View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Nieuwenhuis, A. W. 1904. "Quer Durch Borneo Ergebnisse seiner Reisen". In den Jahren 1894, 1896–97 und 1898–1900. Leiden. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Taf. 82, cView 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 136, Fig. 1View Objects related to this Type Citation

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