The tattooed man is the perfect and sacred man, and only such may receive the perfect tattooing. Dayak Tattoo Box from the Sarawak/Kalimantan Regions of Borneo, Southeast Asia. RARE Vintage Artfully Hand Carved.Dates from late 19th/early 20th Century. In the ornate style of the indigenous Dayak Tribes People of Borneo Ibans, Kayans, Kenyahs, Lun Bawang/Lun Dayeh, Melanau and Penan. Tattoo Box contains instruments used by the Dayak People to adorn their bodies with traditional overall Dayak stylized tattoos. Box is an excellent example of Dayak skill with artfully carved three dimensional and relief images of the mythological ASO Dragon Dog. Box holds hand carved wooden Tattoo Instruments :: figural piercing needle tool / ASO Dragon Dog striker tool / wooden block design imprint stamp.
Carved from a single piece of wood (note: Box is darker brown than shown in lighted photos). Size: Box - 18" x 3.5" / Design stamp 4" x 2.25" / Piercing tools 8" and 8.5".
This is a RARE example of Dayak craftsmanship very few pieces contain this amount of carving skill, detail and beauty. Background: tattooing in embedded in the Dayak culture. Both men and women wore tattoos, some covering most, if not all of their bodies. For Dayak warriors, the most important symbol marking participation in the headhunt was Tattoo. The item "Dayak Borneo Tribal Tattoo Box with Tools, Hand Carved Work of Art, Vintage" is in sale since Sunday, September 26, 2021.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "fakki" and is located in Ithaca, New York.
This item can be shipped to United States.