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Burmese Tattoo Sticks

SOLD

Antique Tattoo “Needle”

Used in the ritual “right of passage” of teenage Shan boys in Northern Burma, Laos and neighbouring regions of Thailand and China, these brass-tipped sticks, usually topped with a divine figure, are applied by a monk or doctor to tattoo and inject magical ingredients into the designs.

The dense patterns are both decorative and symbolic and extend fully from waist to knees; if necessary, opium if used to bear the pain of the extensive procedure.  However, a woman would not consider a man ready for marriage until he has his “pants tattoo”.

A few examples available     25-35cms tall

Each with a bespoke display stand