Pig Trap Charm (Tuntun)

19th–early 20th century

Indo-Pacific Art

On view, 3rd floor, Indo-Pacific Art

Tuntun are measuring sticks used when setting up traps to catch wild pigs. The trap includes a bamboo spear and a rattan spring, which is triggered by a wire. The angle of the spear is determined with the help of the tuntun. The small figure at the top of each stick holds magical substances to help attract the animal.


Wood with brass studs, cloth fragments, and shells


22 1/16 × 1 9/16 × 2 3/8 in. (56 × 4 × 6 cm)
base: 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/4 in. (6 × 6 × 7 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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Ex-collection: R. Burawoy, Paris
  • Jerome Feldman, The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1985), 122-124.
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Object/Work type

charms, talismans

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