Image: Fish hook, Cook Islands E65077

Fish hook, Cook Islands E65077

Local name: matau

Provenance: Cook Islands, Polynesia, Pacific

In 1971 the Museum bought a collection of Pacific Island fish hooks, including this one, from Mr Stephen Kellner, a dealer in South Pacific artefacts. The fish hooks had been collected by Mr Aldo Massola who, for ten years, was Curator at the National Museum of Victoria.

Description: round u-shaped, flat fish hook made of pearl shell; dark brown, twisted, natural fibre cord attached at top.

Height: 0.8cm; Length: 6.8cm; Width: 5cm

Emma Furno
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