child, it would seem, is invariably laid in exactly the same position in the cradle, either on its back or on one side according to the place of its suspension in the house, with the result that the hinder part of its head becomes quite flattened. In some living infants the deformity was very prominent, and that it remains permanent is evidenced by one of the crania of a full-grown man which I brought home ; but no sort of binding is applied to the head in any stage of their youth, as among many tribes, to induce an abnormal and admired shape of head.
The artistic ability of the Timor-laut people is unquestionably very high.# They are very deft-fingered and clever carvers A f wood and ivory. The a figure-heads a of their outrigger praus, dug out of single trees, especially attract attention by the excellence of the workmanship, carefully and patiently executed, and the elegance A f their furnishings ; while the whole length of the central pillars of their bouses are also most elaborately carved with intricate patterns and representations of crocodiles and other animals.
Their appreciation of beauty is a characteristic of them, which, absolutely wanting h* the Malay people, I was surprised to find among a less advanced race. While walking through the forest they invariably pluck and tastefully arrange in a hole in their comb which is there for the very Purpose, any particularly bright bunch of A wers they see.
Their houses, though little more than A A A r and roof, are very neat structures, elevated four or ^Ve feet above the ground, and entered by a stair through a trap-door cut in the floor, which is shut down and slotted at night. In front of the door is a seat of honour dodokan
with ornamented supports and a high carved back, on the A P of which is placed an imagea Duadilali with, at its 22