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two harpoon points with line
  • Makah peoples
  • two harpoon points with line, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • metal, string, gum resin, bone, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 116 x 9 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 45 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5729
Description

The two metal harpoon points on a short bit of line are tied together at the free ends. Each of the metal points looks the same. There is a triangular, black metal point with one large barb. The two bone points are secured over the stem of the metal point with string wrapping covered with black resin. The bone points are left exposed behind the string wrapping as barbs. Light colored string is braided over each length of line. They are knotted together at the free end.