Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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halibut hook
  • unknown Haida or Tlingit maker
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • wood, metal, string, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 4 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 1 9/16 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5626

The large "V" shaped wooden hook has a metal barb. One of the legs is carved to resemble a bird, possibly a raven. It has a long, slightly open beak and the "body" of the bird is decorated with horizontal incised lines. There is a hole drilled through and a small rope strung through.

The other leg is wider at the bottom and tapers to the end, where the metal barb is secured with string wrapping. The barb is directed toward the interior of the "V." The point of the "V" and the area just above are wrapped with string to secure the pieces together. It has a light brown coloration.