Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Lhaq'temish (Lummi) peoples
  • lure, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: San Juan Island, Washington, United States
  • wood, string, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 24.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 9 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5611

The wooden fishing lure's body is a long cone and there is a smaller cone sitting atop the pointed end. Light colored string is wrapped around the narrow portion of the tall cone, below the smaller cone. It is brown.

This type of lure was intended to lure the fish into striking distance, at which time it was harpooned.