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
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 12.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 4 7/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5633

The large "V" shaped hook has a metal barb. The decorated leg is carved with a raised "U" around the hole where a short length of rope is strung. The "U" has a recess in either leg and a notched line at the bottom. The free portion of the leg is decorated with vertical grooves and the edges are slightly concave and notched.

The other leg is slightly curved, with a metal barb fixed to the free end with string. The barb is directed into the "V." The point of the "V" is not wrapped (though it once was) and the wider area of the joint is wrapped with string.