About this object

A two-piece fish hook with a wood shank and a bone point. The wood shank is 'c'-shaped with a groove on the inner surface, and has a round cross-section, tapering towards each end. The point is relatively straight, with two barbs on the outer surface and one barb on the inner. The line is plaited.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1882 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Fibre; Bone; Technique: Carved, plaited
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Wansey, 1882
  • Collector
    Mr Wansey
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    10.2 x 1.1 x 83 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.
  • 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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