About this object

A two-piece hook with a wood shank, lined with shell on the inner surface, and a bone point. The bone point has a slightly outward curving tip and one barb on the inner side. The short line ends in a knot, made from twisted New Zealand Flax. There is dark discolouration on the back of the wood shank and the line is disintegrating.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1942 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Carved, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs Drennan, 1942
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1.5 x 2.7 x 13.0 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
    Mrs Drennan ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Mrs Drennan

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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