Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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unfinished halibut hook
  • Haida peoples
  • unfinished 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, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 30 x 4 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 11 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 26.5 x 3.5 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 10 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5629.a,b

The two carved wooden pieces were intended to be bound together to make a halibut hook.

2007.5629.a: is a straight piece of wood, cut to an angle on one side. The other side is convex, and decorated with four cloumns of small holes, separated by vertical grooves. It has two columns of three irregular notches. A recessed area matches a recess on part b. The end of the piece is conical with a slight knob at the tip, and flat on the side that meets part b.

2007.5629.b: is a relatively straight piece of wood with a flare at one end. The flared end is cut at an angle with a groove to hold a barb. The middle is nearly cylindrical. The base is flat on one side, to be seated against part a. There is a recessed area and conical tip on the base that corresponds to part a.

It is a light natural color.