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Date Made/Found: About late 19th century
Material and Medium: a variety of woods, iron nail, spruce root, commercial cord
Place Object Found: East Alaska, South Alaska
Accession Number: J1935.163
Big wooden fish hook in V-shaped for catching halibut. On one side, it has carved figure of halibut and on the other, an iron barb is attached to it secured by cane fibre. The opening of the hook is wide enough for the fish to put its mouth over the bait. The hook would be held down by a stone weight so that it floats near the bottom of the sea. A line made of seawood would ran from the hook to the surface and tied to a blown up seal stomach which acts as a float. When this float is pulled underwater, the fisherman knows a halibut has been caught on the hook.
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