Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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halibut hook
  • Makah peoples
  • halibut hook, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, cord, iron, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 4.5 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2725

The large v-shaped hook is made from two pieces of wood lashed together with cord. One side has an iron barb, partially wrapped with cord for attachment. The other side is carved in the shape of a bird, with its wings tucked.