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fishing net with attached needle
  • Purépecha (Tarascan) peoples
  • fishing net with attached needle, late 1800s–1951
  • Where object was made: Isla de Janitzio, Michoacán, Mexico
  • cotton, wood, netting, carving
  • Object Height/Width: 39 x 44 cm
    Object Height/Width: 15 3/8 x 17 5/16 in
  • Gift of Allen A. Heflin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6821

The trapezoid shaped bag is made from netted cotton strings. The netting needle loaded with cotton string is still attached. The needle is flat and pointed with a "U" shaped hole in the center. String is wound around the center and through the "U" shaped hole. The small wooden slat has loops around it at the top of the bag, showing the netting process with the needle. There is a bundle of orange cotton cloth at the top of the bag near the stick.