About this object

A two-piece hook with a wood shank lined with shell on the inner surface and a bone point. The shank is inward-curving and has a semi-circular cross-section, tapering to the head. There are knobs at the base and the head. The point tip is slightly out curved, with a barb on the inner surface. It is lashed on at an angle to the shank. There is a piece of hide lashed in near the point, and a twisted fibre line.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1919
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Bone; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    2.1 x 4.1 x 15.5 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 Norwich Castle Museum from Mrs Ross Johnson in 1919.
  • Related people
    Ross Mrs Johnson (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1919
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ross Mrs Johnson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1919
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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