About this object

A two-piece hook with a wood shank and a bone point. The bend is 'u'-shaped with a circular cross-section. The point tip is straight, with the outer surface serrated. It is lashed on to the wood at a right angle. The line is roughly plaited, and some of the binding is loose. There is sellotape on the binding on the bend.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1828 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Bone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, plaited
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.5 x 1.0 x 55.0 cm
  • Note
    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. Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Captain Woolnough in 1828.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); Capt Woolnough ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1828
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Capt Woolnough

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1828
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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