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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, metal, plant fiber. carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27.5 x 5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 13/16 x 1 15/16 x 5 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5636

The large "V" shaped wooden hook has a metal barb. One leg is decorated with a bird. The free end of the leg is carved to resemble a bird's head and the remainder of the leg is incised with arched lines to represent feathers on the bird's back and a triangle of straight lines to indicate the tail. The hole drilled through the body has a remnant of plant fiber rope knotted through it.

The other leg is wider at the base and slightly curved. The free end has a metal barb, secured with plant fiber wrapping. The two pieces are joined with plant fiber wrapping at the joint and there is a point below that may have been wrapped. It is a light natural color.