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Object description

  • Tlingit artist
  • Fishhook, 19th century
  • Wood, plant fiber, iron
  • Alaska, Northwest Coast, United States
  • H: 11 1/2 in, W: 6 3/4 in, D: 1 5/8 in (H: 29.2 cm, W: 17.1 cm, D: 4.1 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Walter A. Newhall, 1908
  • E11854


This halibut fishhook is V shaped and formed out of two pieces of wood lashed together with split root. There is an iron nail attached to one of the arms. The other arm is carved as a stylized crocodile-like creature with long arms. The crocodile has a hole in its back and another in it's head from which two strands of withe were tied. Only the one at the head still remains.