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Tattooing needle made of brass.
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Diameter: 0.90 centimetres
Length: 14 centimetres
Weight: 74 grammes
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Register says: "Collected from a Burmese on the Irawaddy River."
The end of this tattooing needle is divided into six (with one double cut and one single). This is cosmologically significance to the peoples that practiced tattooing in the area. Women usually had simpler designers than men, but both men and women in Burma and neighbouring areas (including Yunnan and northern Thailand) have small four sided tattoos which symbolise the cosmos.
Six sharp points come together at the point of impact with the skin during the tattooing process.
The metal is cut once in the middle and then at 180degrees there is a double cut to a depth 8cm (the single cut is 8.2cm deep).From comments made by Baas Terwiel on 25/03/2008
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