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Object description

  • Makah artist
  • Fishhook, before 1884
  • Wood, bone, ivory, sinew
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • L: 5 3/8 in, W: 2 7/8 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 13.7 cm, W: 7.3 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3549


This is a halibut fishhook made with a single piece of wood, steamed and bent into the shape of a U. A barb of bone or ivory is attached by fine gauged splints to the shank of the fishhook. The upper end of the shank is wrapped with fine gauge splints. There is a line of twisted sinew attached.