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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
  • wood, metal, plant fiber, sinew
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 x 2 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 3/4 x 4 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5645

The brown "U" shaped hook has a metal barb. Both legs of the "U" curve in slightly. The metal barb is directed into the space of the "U." The length of the wooden hook is wrapped with plant fiber. The barb is secured with plant fiber and there is additional light colored string wrapping. The area opposite the point of the barb is also wrapped with sinew string, with a small loop.