- Museum number
Fish-hook made of wood, metal, fibre.
Length: 21.50 centimetres
Width: 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
An attached label reads "Halibut Hook made from the wood (forked knot) of Taxus brevifolia Nutt. Haida Indians N.W. America. 35.1904 Dr. C. F. Newcombe."
This halibut hook is atypical of those produced in the region (although not unique - see the Keen Collection hooks Am1898,1020.32-33), being made from a forked piece of wood rather than two pieces bound together, while the spike is attached with hide strips rather than the more common vegetal fibre cord. It is plain and uncarved and shows no sign of wear or toothmarks, indicating that perhaps this was made for sale or gift to Dr. Newcombe and not intended for practical use.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- According to the attached labels, this object was acquired as part of the Am1958,02 collection made by C. F. Newcombe in 1904 in Northern British Columbia and donated by Kew Gardens on the conversion of the Orangery in the same year. As it was of a style already represented in the main collection, it was not registered at the time but kept with the duplicates collection until it was eventually given a Q number in 1986.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Am1958,02