Object photography

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Object description

  • Makah artist
  • Fishhook, mid-late 19th century
  • Baleen, bone, wood
  • Washington, Northwest Coast, United States
  • L: 18 in, W: 1 3/8 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 45.7 cm, W: 3.5 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3566


This is a pair of fishhooks made with a baleen shank. The objects have long slightly curved shanks with bound loops at one end, lashed with withe or leather, a bit of wood and a long, sharp bone point at the other end.