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halibut hook
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, cedar bark, string, metal, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 x 6 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 2 3/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5632

The large wooden "V" shaped hook has a metal barb. The decorated leg has an oval with concentric oval grooves. There are two bird heads that emerge from one side of the oval, each with rings around the neck. A hole was drilled below the oval with a long loop of cord strung through.

The other leg of the hook is slightly curved with a metal barb at the free end. The barb is directed into the "V." The point of the "V" is tapered to a small point, wrapped with plant fiber. The wider part of the joint is also wrapped with plant fiber. The end that holds the barb is also wrapped with plant fiber.