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CAS 1984-0008-0058A,B   CAS 1984-0008-0058A,B; Fishing lure and hook
Category Tools & Implements
Object Name Fishing lure and hook
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Solomon Islands
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s (A)
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Shell: pearl oyster (Pinctada sp.) and abalone (Haliotis sp.); Sea turtle shell (tortoiseshell); Glass beads; Cordage
Description A: Fishing lure comprising an elongated shaft that is cut from a pearl oyster shell and has a short triangular projection on its lower end and gradually tapers to a point at the upper end that also includes expanded lateral tangs; Lateral edges are carefully shaped; Pair of very short square tangs are cut along each lateral edge near base and a separate upward curving turtle shell hook is secured perpendicular to the shaft, with native cordage that is wrapped around both the hook and the shaft, as well as through a hole that is drilled through the base of the hook; Also secured within the cordage wrapping is a single short stand of 12 small glass seed beads (9 yellow, 1 white, and 2 blue) and bits of red wool yarn, all of which originally hung pendant from the shaft as fringe; Expanded lateral tangs at upper end of shaft provided for attaching short line by which lure could be fastened to a fishing line; B: Small V-shaped hook carved from a single piece of shell; Black markings along shaft of hook are meant to portray eyes and body markings of small fish; Length of native cordage is tied to proximal end of shaft; Hook was accompanied by CAS 1984-0008-0058A when received by CAS, and the two are assumed to have been used together.
Dimensions (cm) Width = A=1.6, Thickness = A=2.5, Length = A=8.2