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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, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 137 x 2.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 53 7/8 x 1 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5726

The black metal point has a relatively small point and barb at the back and a relatively long stem, held between two pieces of bone with metal rivets and string wrapping coated with resin. The pointed ends of bone are exposed behind the string wrapping as barbs. The short length of line is wrapped with string. There is a small loop at the end.

The short length of cord is made of twisted plant fiber. It is not attached to the point in any way.