Fish Hook


About this object

A one-piece metal hook, with an overall 'j'-shape and a circular cross-section. The shank is straight, the bend angular, and the point curved inwards with the tip out curved. The point tip has a barb on the inner surface. There is a plaited loop on the shank head, and the lashing has half-hitch knots or similar.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1912 before
  • Materials
    Iron; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Metal-working, plaited
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1.5 x 1.5 x 49.0 cm
  • Note
    These large hooks are used for larger fish, such as shark or groper, in deeper waters. 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 Beasley from Mr W Oldman collection, 1 January 1913, and purchased by Oldman at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 17 December 1912, Lot 72.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); W Mr Oldman ( Previous owner); J C Stevens ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1913-01-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W Mr Oldman

    Owned from: 1912-12-17
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1913-01-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1912-12-17
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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