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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
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27 x 5 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5634

The large "V" shaped wooden hook has a metal barb. The decorated leg of the hook is carved with a stylized face of an unideintifed animal. The end is flat and rounded at the end. There is a hole with a length of rope through it. The hole is in the space between the animal's ears and the snout is below the ears and just above the string binding.

The other leg is wider at the base and slightly curved at the free end where the metal barb is secured with string wrapping. The barb is directed into the space of the "V." The point of the "V" is wrapped with string as is the wider area just above. It is light brown.