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  • Description

    Tattoo-stick (three pieces); made of brass; a) weight for tattoo stick: cylinder of brass, with lines etched around it in four places; image of mythological being (nat) on one end (human figure holding dragonfly?); b) central section of tattoo stick in the form of hollow cylinder; c) stylus in the shape of cylinder tapering to point at one end, four slits cut in point for inserting pigment.


  • Date

    • 20thC (early to mid)
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 16 centimetres (part a)
    • Width: 2.6 centimetres (part a)
    • Depth: 2.2 centimetres (part a)
    • Weight: 141 grammes (part a)
    • Height: 28.5 centimetres (part b)
    • Width: 1.3 centimetres (part b)
    • Depth: 1.2 centimetres (part b)
    • Weight: 81 grammes (part b)
    • Height: 12 centimetres (part c)
    • Width: 0.9 centimetres (part c)
    • Depth: 0.9 centimetres (part c)
    • Weight: 45 grammes (part c)
  • Curator's comments

    See Falconer, John. Myanmar style: art, architecture and design of Burma. London: Thames and Hudson, 1998 p. 192-3.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2014 2 Oct – 2015 11 Jan, London, BM, Pilgrims, healers and wizards: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand.

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