Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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halibut hook
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27 x 3.5 x 12.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 1 3/8 x 4 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5628

The wooden hook has one straight "leg" and the other emerges from the side of the straight leg. The straight leg is oval is cross section and undecorated, though there is a large groove where a barb once was. The secondary "leg" is decorated with a bird's head and neck. The secondary leg curves slightly. The base of the hook is smaller than the primary leg, though they are in alignment. It is brown.