These three pig-trap charms are known as tuntun, which literally means 'at the right height' and were used by the Iban people of Sarawak to set the trip cord of a spring trap at the best height for catching wild pigs. Tuntun were traditionally carved by the Iban men from ironwood, a hard durable wood that withstands the tropical climate. Today tuntun are carved from from a variety of woods, not the traditional ironwood, for the souvenir market.
The Iban, although they converted to Christianity, maintained strong links to their traditional beliefs and the carving of a tuntun was at the same time both a practical and a mystical skill. Much effort was expended to ensure the beauty of the stick because of the symbiosis between its beauty, its efficacy and the appreciation of it as a work of art. Highly valued for their power to attract pigs, tuntun were not left in the ground after setting the trap but were displayed just inside the long house so that visitors could see and admire them. It was believed that a well-carved tuntun, with the power to attract human attention, would also have the power to attract pigs.