About this object

A two-piece hook with a wood shank and bone point. The bend is 'c'-shaped with a round/oval cross-section tapering towards the point. The point has a straight tip, with two small barbs on the inner surface, and is lashed on to the wood in a continuation of the line of the point limb. The short line and loop have twisted fibre coiled around a core.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Not recorded
  • Materials
    Wood; Bone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, 1942
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.5 x 2.5 x 45.0 cm
  • Note
    See Beasley 'Pacific Islands Records: Fish Hooks' 1928: 11 and Plate XVIII for similar large hooks used to fish for shark and groper. Large hooks with wood shanks were made from small saplings trained to grow in a curve. This meant strong shanks, some large enough to take a shark. See Terence Barrow, 'An Illustrated Guide to Maori Art (1984: 73). 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
    Thomas Dawson ( Previous owner); Taunton Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Taunton Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Dawson

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