About this object

A two-piece hook with a wood shank (probably Podocarpus totara) 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 is a knob at the base. The point has a straight tip with a barb on the inner surface and is lashed on parallel to the shank. The shell is broken in the middle of the shank.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1915 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Bone; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, 1942
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    2.7 x 1.7 x 12.5 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 Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, from Mr WJ Cullen, in1915.
  • Related people
    W J Mr Cullen (Previous owner); Taunton Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Taunton Museum

    Owned from: 1915
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W J Mr Cullen

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1915
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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