Man’s Purse from Sumba
Called ‘tongal’, these boxes are used by men on the island of Sumba to hold tobacco and/or money and are worn on a belt or strap at the waist. However, this one is a piece of folk art sculpture and was probably made for display in a house. Made of dark-stained wood, the top has an unusual horse and rider carving, including a removable spear, while the lighter-colored bottom has side knobs in the form of whimsical heads complete with teeth. The men of Sumba pride themselves on their horses and riding skills. This piece stands up and is very attractive displayed on its own.
Size: 8.75″h x 7″w