About this object

A two-piece fish hook with a wood shank and a bone point. The bend is 'v'-shaped with a round/oval cross-section tapering away from the angle. The point has a straight tip, with a barb on each of the inner and outer surfaces, and is lashed on to the wood at a right angle. The line is plaited and ends in a knot. There is a twisted fibre cord wrapped around the head of the shank and the base of the point, but this does not look original.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1882 before
  • Materials
    Bone; Wood; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, plaited
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Wansey, 1882
  • Collector
    Mr Wansey
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    9.0 x 2.5 x 78.0 cm
  • Note
    Fishing was a major economic activity for Maori in the past, and remains important in the present day. Fishing equipment includes nets, traps, and a wide range of hooks for line fishing.
  • Related people
    Mr Wansey ( Collector); Mrs Wansey ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Mrs Wansey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1882
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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