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Tattooing Instrument

Object Number:P253
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kayan
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Pata River
Date Made: Before 1897
Early Date: 1890
Late Date: 1897
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 21.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

Description

Suar. Tattooing needle. Olong. Brown wooden stick, tapering to decoratively carved head with a right-angle protrusion in which the needle is mounted. Needle missing. "For tattooing, three needles are bound tightly together, and inasmuch as it is considered advisable to force them obliquely into the skin, they are inserted slightly slantwise in the head of the wooden holder (shaped somewhat like a hammer), and enveloped in gutta-perha to about an eighth of an inch from their points, which holds them firmly in place and regulates the depth to which they may penetrate the skin. " (The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters)

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition

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: p. 152View Objects related to this Type Citation

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