Burmese Tattoo handle (Hnitkwasok)

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This is an exceptionally rare and elegant bronze tattoo tool counter balance done in a Shan Burmese style. This piece depicts a ‘celestial’ dancer, an ‘Apsara’ (a mythical being, part human, part divine) in a dance posture, as she rides on her elephant. The ‘Apsara’ displays a tall winged crown, court robes and jewelry.

19th-20th Century

Burmese tattoos are traditional tattoos that have been practiced in Myanmar for centuries by various ethnic groups, including the Bamar, Shan, and Karen. Tattooing was a distinguishing cultural marker and a symbol of strength, courage and intimidation. These tattoos are also believed to have magical powers and are often used as protection against evil spirits or for good luck. The Hnitkwasok tattoo tool consists of a needle, tube, and counter weight or handle.