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halibut hook
  • Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) or Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • metal, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 x 0.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/2 x 3/16 x 3 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5640

The "U" shaped metal hook has one tip that is flared outward. The other is straight with a barb directed into the space of the "U." The straight legs of the hook are wrapped with dark plant fiber, leaving the curved bottom, tip and barb bare.