Pierre Nachbaur, Tribal art from South East Asia, Indonesia, Papua and Guinea

 
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  Hunting Trap Fetish with Squatting Male Figure (tun-tun)

West Kalimantan

Black Ironwood

Early 20th century

Often referred to as pig sticks, tun-tun, were believed to have the magical power to attract animals to animal traps set by the Iban Dayak of West Kalimantan and Sarawak. This elongated and highly stylized figure is seen squatting in a fetal-like pose with its hands resting on the chin of the large headed man with minimal facial details. This pose also used for urn burials is one of the oldest seen in the art of Southeast Asia and dates back to the Neolithic period.

Measurements: 55 cm high
     
     
 
 
 
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