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Manufacturer: Unknown
Tuntun Pig-Trap Stick - Wood - Borneo, Iban People

20th Century

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.

Markings: None

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.

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