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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, plant fiber, string, metal, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 13.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5623

The large "V" shaped hook has a metal barb. The decorated leg of the "V" is a stylized bird. The free end is carved into the shape of a bird's head. The rest is the bird's body from the back with incised lines to indicate feathers. There is a hole drilled through just above the bird's tail with a rope strung through.

The opposite leg of the "V" is wider at the bottom and tapers toward the end. The metal barb is held in place with plant fiber string wrapping and cotton string wrapping. The point of the "V" is wrapped with cotton string at the narrow point and just above it where it is wider.