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halibut hook
  • unknown Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) or Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) maker
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, bone, plant fiber, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 x 2.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 1 x 3 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5638

The "U" shaped hook is made from dark brown wood. One end is slightly curved and wrapped with plant fiber. There is a small amount of string at the tip and a loop of cord is tied at the other end of the plant fiber wrapping.

The other end of the "U" has a bone barb, directed into the space of the "U," and it is held in place with place fiber wrapping. There is string wrapping at the bottom of the plant fiber. A short length of plant fiber string is tied over the top of the barb.