About this object

A two-piece hook with an iron nail forming the shank and point. The shank is shell-lined, and inward-curving, with a gap between it and the nail. There is a knob at the base of the shell lining. The point is out curved, and roughly parallel to the shank. The fibre lashing is very rough and the edges of the shell are roughly cut. The point is blunt.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1910
  • Materials
    Abalone (Haliotis sp); Iron; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Metal-working
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    2.7 x 11.0 cm
  • Note
    Pa kahawai are lure hooks, with fish attracted to the movement and iridescence of the shell rather than bait. They were used to fish from canoes in river mouths or just offshore in the sea.

    Acquired by Beasley from Mr W Jeke, 4 July 1910.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); W Jeke (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1910-07-04
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W Jeke

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1910-07-04
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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