Philippine Ifugao Buntung Men's Bag Early 20th Century
This Philippine Buntung has the traditional coiled brass spring type with circular brass ring handle. These are traditionally worn tucked under a man's G-String with the brass handle hanging down flat. According to the 1981 book The People and Art of the Philippines these bags were utilized by the Ifugao men to hold their charms, flint and steel, betel nut, pipes, tobacco, spoons, and other necessities of life. The overall length is 21 13/4" from the top of the handle to the bottom of the fringe. The width is 12 3/4".
This bag was recently acquired in a large Southern California collection of Philippine material that had been stored by a family since 1936 when it was all sent to a girlfriend by a soldier while he was stationed there between 1934 and 1936.