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halibut hook
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Neah Bay, Washington, United States
  • wood, metal, string, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 15 x 2 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 7/8 x 3/4 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5644

This is a brown "U" shaped wooden hook. One leg of the "U" is curved and the other has a metal barb secured with string wrapping. The barb is directed into the space of the "U." The curved portion is wrapped with brown plant fiber. There is a small segment of light colored string wrapping just below the plant fiber wrapping. The loose ends of the string appear to be up around the curved end, wrapped and tied.