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halibut hook
  • Haida or Tlingit peoples
  • 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
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 31.5 x 5 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 3/8 x 1 15/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5631

The large "V" shaped hook has a metal barb. One leg of the "V" shapes is carved to resemble an animal, possibly a bird. It has a long snout or beak and large round eyes. It originally had two raised arches down the back, though one is missing. There is a hole drilled at the bottom of the back with a short length of small rope strung through.

The other leg is lighty curved and tapers near the end where the barb is secured by string wrapping. The point of the "V" is wrapped at the tip and has a wider band of wrapping at the wider portion of the joint. It is brown.