About this object

A lure hook with a shell shank only, and the point missing. The fibre lashing and twisted fibre line remain. The shell shank is inward-curving and has a semi-circular cross-section. It is slightly serrated along the edges and has a knob at the base.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1910
  • Materials
    Abalone (Haliotis sp); Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Ground
  • 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
    1.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 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.

    Attribution: Quite rare (Chris Jacombe, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from Cole and Son, 20 January 1910.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Cole and Son (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1910-01-20
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cole and Son

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1910-01-20
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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