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. There are knobs at the base and the head. The point is slightly incurved, with the tip out curved, and a slight barb on the inner surface. It is lashed on at an angle to the shank. There is a twisted fibre line.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1895 before
  • Materials
    Wood (Podocarpus totara possibly); Abalone (Haliotis sp); Bone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.0 x 2.3 x 15.0 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 Norwich Castle Museum from Melbourne Museum in 1895.
  • Related people
    Melbourne Museum ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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