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Tuntun Pig-Trap Stick - Wood - Borneo, Iban People
The name tuntun means - at the right height .
The primary function of the objects were used as
measuring rods to determine the proper height for the trip wire
in the animal traps. Intended primarily for wild pigs. The top
of the tuntun shaft indicated the correct trip height for a pig
and the top of the figure marked the height for a somewhat larger animal;
notches lower down on the shaft marked the settings for smaller species.
Size: 20½ H (including the figure) x ½ in diameter for the main shaft
Figure is 3½ H x ¾ W x 1½D
Weight: 1/4 of lb.
Condition: Looks to have been used. In good used condition. Figure on top is in fine condition.
Acquired from a traveler who purchased this in an antique
shop in Kuching, Borneo for her own collection.
I have had this in my own collection for over 20 years.