Pig Trap Marker (Tun Tun)

Iban, Dayak, Borneo
19th Century
Ex: Irwin Hersey Collection, NYC

This is a fine example of a pig trap marker. The figure on this Tun Tun is larger than most and yet is still as sensitively carved as other diminutive examples. What is most impressive about this object is the fact that the piece is completely original. The surface has never been altered in anyway and the 'fetish' still remains within this piece. The magic 'fetish' was inserted into the figure to call upon the spirits making the trap more successful. In excellent condition.

This Tun Tun stands 20.5 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 2002