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Trap Gauge

Charm

Object Number:P1017D
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Iban
Provenience: Borneo
Sarawak
Saribas River
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 80.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

Description

For setting trap. Dark wood stick, undecorated and sharpened at one end. Tutum rusa. According to Hose, used when setting a trap, armed with a sharp spear, for catching pig and deer. "A curious practice of the Ibans on setting such a trap is to measure the appropriate height of the spear by means of a rod surmounted with a carving of a human figure." "The trapper carries a stick one end of which is carved to represent the human form. He uses this to measure the appropriate height of the traps set for animals of different species."

Bibliography:

[Book] McDougall, William, and Hose, Charles. 1912. The Pagan Tribes of Borneo.. London. Macmillan and Company. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Vol. I, p. 145 and Fig. 23View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] McDougall, William, and Hose, Charles. 1912. The Pagan Tribes of Borneo.. London. Macmillan and Company. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Vol. II, p. 127 and Fig. 83View Objects related to this Type Citation

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