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, plant fiber, string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 x 3.5 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5635

The large "V" shaped wooden hook has a metal barb. It is brown. One leg is decorated with rounded notches from the side and tapers to a point. There is a hole drilled through the center and a length of cord strung through in a large loop.

The other leg is wider at the bottom and slightly curved. There is a metal barb at the end, secured with plant fiber wrapping. The barb is directed into the space of the "V." There are plant fiber bindings at the joint of the "V" and the very tip.