About this object

A one-piece bone hook, with a very rounded 'v'-shaped bend tapering to the point . The knob at the shank head is ridged, and the outer edge of the shank and bend is notched. The point tip is incurved, and the outer surface has a barb with its outer edge serrated. There is a plaited fibre line.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1894 before
  • Materials
    Bone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, plaited
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Liverpool Royal Institution, from a loan in 1894
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1.5 x 6.5 x 11.0 cm
  • Note
    Comment by Chris Jacombe (March 1994): One-piece hooks are an 'archaic' form, but notching on outer surface is later. 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
    Liverpool Royal Institution ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

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