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halibut hook in two pieces
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • halibut hook in two pieces, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, cedar bark, plant fiber, string, bone, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 26.5 x 5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 10 7/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 26.5 x 4 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 10 7/16 x 1 9/16 x 3 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5630.a,b

The two wooden elements were intended to be bound together into a "V" shaped hook with a bone barb.

2007.5630.a: is a wooden piece carved with a human face that has red eyes, black eyebrows, red lips and black teeth. The two upright shapes below the face may be stylized forearms. The top half of each shape has red and black vertical lines, the bottom half has horizontal lines. There is a short length of twisted cedar bark rope through a hold just below the "arms." The tapered bottom is recessed to accomodate string wrapping to bind this to part b.

2007.5630.b: is a wooden piece that curves slightly and tapers from the wide base. The bone barb is held in place with plant fiber wrapping. The barb is directed toward the inner part of the "V."

It is a light natural color, except for the painted detail.