Covered pouch (tongal), mens, wood & string (modern), Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, c. 1930
A slender rectangular wooden pouch with string closure. The larger, lower section of light coloured wood is roughly hollowed out and is recessed around the rim to allow the narrow darker-coloured cover to fit flush. Both container and cover have a very smooth, natural finish to the exterior. They are connected by a length of (modern) red and black string tied to integral carved knobs at each side of the lower section and threaded through holes at the corners of the cover and a pierced knob at centre-top of the cover. Dark blue/black staining inside.