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Object description

  • Tlingit artist
  • Fishhook, before 1914
  • Wood, bone, cotton, root
  • Alaska, United States
  • L: 11 1/4 in, W: 5 7/8 in, D: 2 in (L: 28.6 cm, W: 14.9 cm, D: 5.1 cm)
  • Gift of A. B. Carpenter, Pres. Booth Fisheries Co., 1914
  • E15881


This is a V shaped halibut fishhook. Two pieces of wood are lashed together with European cord. One jaw is carved as a bird in flight. There is a length of rope from the middle of the back. On the other arm there is a very sharp bone lashed with split root and acting as a barb. A length of cord tied to this passes around a button at the end.