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Tun Tun

Iban Dayak, Sarawak, Borneo
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

Pig trap amulets, or Tun tuns, were thought to magically strengthen traps used in hunting. The long stick would be pounded into the ground, and mark the height of traps for the release mechanisms. This is a classic example. The figure sits atop of the stick, in a crouched position, with elbows resting upon the knees, chin resting upon the hands. The figure is finely carved, utilizing positive and negative space. The patina is dark and encrusted, and its surface is well worn from many years of use.

Figure’s height: 3 ½ in / 8.9 cm

Tun Tun

Iban Dayak, Sarawak, Borneo
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

Pig trap amulets, or Tun tuns, were thought to magically strengthen traps used in hunting. The long stick would be pounded into the ground, and mark the height of traps for the release mechanisms. This is a classic example. The figure sits atop of the stick, in a crouched position, with elbows resting upon the knees, chin resting upon the hands. The figure is finely carved, utilizing positive and negative space. The patina is dark and encrusted, and its surface is well worn from many years of use.

Figure’s height: 3 ½ in / 8.9 cm