Object photography

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Object description

  • Probably Tlingit artist
  • Fishhook, ca 1800
  • Wood, spruce root
  • Alaska, Pacific Northwest Coast, United States
  • L: 10 1/2 in, W: 7 1/8 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 26.7 cm, W: 18.1 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of Mayhew Folger, 1802
  • E3546


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a halibut fishhook, made with a single piece of wood in the shape of a V. On one leg there is a wrapping of spruce root. On the other end there is a very sharp point of wood with its butt protruding back similarly lashed. Appears to have been used.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006