Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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harpoon point with line
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • harpoon point with line, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • metal, bone, string, gum resin
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 131 x 3 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 51 9/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5725

The black metal hook is pointed at one end with one barb at the back. The stem is seated between two pieces of bone, secured with rivets and wrapped with string and resin. The pointed ends of the bone are exposed behind the string wrapping, acting as two more barbs. The short length of line is wrapped with string. There is a small loop at the free end.