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Minangkabau Song Bird Trap

Minangkabau Song Bird Trap


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1950: Item # 1409008

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Abhaya Asian Antiques
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G/F, North Flat, Lot 965 Peak Road West
Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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Old song bird catcher from the Minang people of Central Sumatra. I bought this in Padang in 1988 and it was already old at the time, so I can date this to about 1950. A classic honey trap, right out of the KGB spy book. A hot and seductive female bird is placed in the back of the cage and when a dumb male bird comes along and lands on the perch in front this will trip a peg that will cause the net in the front to come down and now he is caught. See last two enlargements. L: 27cm/10.6in, H: 22cm/8.6in (a highest point) and W: 19cm/7.5in.

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