Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mold for sinker
  • unknown Nux Sklai Yem (Klallam) maker
  • mold for sinker, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: each 19 x 6 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: each 7 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5567.a,b

The two pieces of roughly rectangular wood each have the profile of a fish carved into one side. The outsides are left rough. The two pieces join together to form a single recess of a fish in the round. It is brown.

The sinker was cast in the shape of a fish with the hooks embedded in the tail. If the lead sinker is kept shiny, fish will strike without additional bait.