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 is a knob at the base. The point has a straight tip and a barb on the inner surface. It is lashed on at an angle to the shank. There is a twisted fibre line.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1945 before
  • Materials
    Abalone (Haliotis sp); Carved, ground; Wood (Podocarpus totara); Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Bone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs E M Davies, 1945
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.5 x 2.0 x 11.5 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.
  • Related people
    E M Mrs Davies ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • E M Mrs Davies

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1945
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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