pen (tattoo instrument)

Brass weight in the form of a belu carrying a club in each hand, to insert in end of tattooing pen. The weight would have been inserted into the end of the tube which acted as a holder for the stylus of the tattooing pen itself (see 14.104-8). Some of the aura of power and protection represented by this figure would have been thought to be transferred to the person being tattooed.

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