About this object

A two-piece bone hook, with a rounded right-angle bend and circular cross-section, tapering to the shank head . The bone surface has a leathery texture. The point tip is incurved, and the outer surface has three barbs, each of which is serrated along the outer edge. The point is lashed on at right angles. There is no line.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1894 before
  • Materials
    Bone; Wood; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Liverpool Royal Institution, from a loan in 1894
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 cm
  • Note
    Fishing was a major economic activity for Maori in the past, and remains important up to the present day. Fishing equipment includes nets, traps, and a wide range of hooks for line fishing.
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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