tattoo illustration

A rectangular wooden board with tattoo designs of thigh decorations for Kayan women, picked out in black pigment. A hole is pierced through the board at one end.

On the reverse of the board is a white label with 'B / 50' written on it, and there is also an inscription written in pencil, reading: 'Thigh pattern badly done / Kayan women'.

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