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Pig Trap Charm (Tuntun)

early 20th century

Wood with brass studs, cloth fragments, and shells

21 1/16 × 7/8 × 1 9/16 in. (53.5 × 2.3 × 4 cm)
base: 3 1/8 × 3 1/8 × 9 13/16 in. (8 × 8 × 25 cm)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
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.
Made in Borneo, Malaysia
On view
20th century
Ritual Objects

Ex-collection: A. Schoffel, Brittany, France. D. Caput, 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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