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Tattoo Pattern

Object Number:CG180790-8169
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 10.3 cm
Width: 6.5 cm
Thickness: 1.1 cm

Description

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. The two arms and tail suggest a simplified version of the pattern that Furness identifies as the motif of the scorpion (kala) used by the Iban of the Rejang River. See also the "SeaDayak modification of the dog design. But known as "scorpion" (kala) illustrated by Hose and Shelford.

Bibliography:

[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, Nos. 1 and 5View 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 VII, Fig. 6View 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 137, Fig 6View Objects related to this Type Citation

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