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 head and base. The point is slightly out curved, with a barb on the inner surface. It is lashed on parallel 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
    1919 before
  • Materials
    Wood; 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
    1.5 x 3.0 x 10.3 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)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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