Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

halibut hook
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, plant fiber, metal, string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 4.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 5 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5646

This is a large "V" shaped wooden hook. One leg is decorated with vertical carved lines separated by columns of small carved holes. The carved deocrations are darkened. There are two columns of three irregular marks below the carved portion. There is a hole at the base of the carved portion with a short length of rope strung through.

The other leg is wider at the base with a metal barb at the free end. The barb is directed into the space of the "V." The barb is held in place with string wrapping and there are three pieces of wood secured over the top.

The join of the "V" is wrapped with string. The join tapers to a point, which is also wrapped with string. The string is light colored, the wood is brown.