Haida Halibut Hook
Dimensions: 12” x 5 ¼” x 2 ¼”
Artist: Haida unknown
Materials: wood, cordage and iron barb
Description: The imagery depicts a domestic dog or pig and was imagery used by the Haida on argillite cravings from the period. It showed the Haida fascination with the peculiar habits of the new visitors to the coast. Written in pencil “ Halibut fish Hook” . Some bite marks showing the hook was used to catch fish, and a nice aged patina overall. The hook is delicately carved with from two pieces of wood which are lashed with cordage binding around an iron barb, and section that attached to the fishing line. The Northwest Coast Indians believed the spirit carved on the hook would draw the fish to the hook and be successful. The hook comes with a custom museum quality display stand.