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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, metal, string, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 x 1 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/2 x 3/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5642

The "U" shaped wooden hook is dark brown. One end is flared outward. The other has a metal barb, directed into the space of the "U," secured with plant fiber wrapping. Both legs of the "U" are wrapped with dark plant fiber, leaving the bottom, tip and barb bare. A loop of string is tied at the base of the plant fiber wrapping on the non-barbed leg. String loops are stretched from one end of the "U" across the space to the other leg.