Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fishing spearpoint with short line
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • fishing spearpoint with short line, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • string, plant fiber, sinew, bone, gum resin, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 138 x 3.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 54 5/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5589

The short rope has a bone spearpoint. There are two bone points at the end, held in place with wrapping of braided sinew, covered with resin. The opposite ends of the bone points are left exposed as barbs. There is a short piece of twisted plant fiber rope with a loop at the opposite end. The rope is wrapped with cotton string.