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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: 28 x 4 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 x 1 9/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5624

The large "V" shaped wooden hook has one leg that has a stylized bird's head, with a beak and small dots for the eyes. The remainder of the leg does not resemble a bird, instead being cylindrical with three expansions and contractions. There is a hole drilled through the lowest expansion and there is a small rope threaded through and looped once around the wood. The other end of the rope also has a loop.

The other leg is wider at the bottom and tapers to the end, where the metal barb is held in place with string wrapping. The barb is directed into the space of the "V." The point of the "V" is wrapped with string and the wider area just above the juncture is also wrapped with string. It is dark brown.