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Arrow case made of wood with a deep lid.

Arrow case

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 98.5 cm (container),103.8 cm (lid), Inv. Am 686, 687

Five reed or bamboo arrows with  hardwood points.

Arrows ngahau

reed, wood, plant fibre, Tonga, various sizes, Inv. Oz 1261, 1514, 1515, 1512, 1513

Three short arrows made of fir wood, and a bone point with barbs cut out on one side. The shaft ends are wrapped with cherry bark strips and split feather quills.

Arrows tsee’hatte

wood, bone, cherry bark, feather quills, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 78.1–82.2 cm, Inv. Am 626–628

Curved bow of brown wood becoming slightly thinner towards both ends.

Bow kaufana

wood, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 186 cm, Inv. Oz 123

Bow made of brown wood and curved, becoming slightly thinner towards both ends (the string is missing)

Bow kaufana

wood, Tonga, l. 119 cm, Inv. Oz 1259

Bow made of yew wood, narrow in the middle and ends.

Bow moostatte

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 129 cm, w. 4.8 cm (middle), d. 1.8 cm, Inv. Am 619

Fishing spears made of a dark brown bamboo tube, with a three-part point made of a dark wood at the ends, attached with finely plaited coconut fibres.

Fish spears tao velo

bamboo, wood, coconut fibre, Tonga, l. 115.5 cm; l. 220 cm, Inv. Oz 449, 1519

Fishhook made of two pieces of mother-of-pearl, tied together with plant fibres.

Fishhook aviti

mother-of-pearl, cord, Tahiti and the Society Islands, shank l. 10 cm, w. (max.) 1.7 cm, hook l. 4.2 cm, Inv. Oz 380

Large fishhook, with wood shank backed with mother-of-pearl and tied together. A barbed tortoiseshell hook also attached to the end.

Fishhook ipa or aipa

whalebone, mother-of-pearl, wood, tortoiseshell, fau fibre, Tonga, l 15 -15.5 cm, Inv. Oz 211

Fishhook with wood shank backed with mother-of-pearl and tied together. A barbed Tortoiseshell hook also attached to the end.

Fishhook ipa or aipa

whalebone, mother-of-pearl, wood, tortoiseshell, fau fibre, Tonga, l 15 -15.5 cm, Inv. Oz 213

Fishhook with whalebone shank backed with mother-of-pearl and tied together, with a barbed tortoiseshell hook and attached to the end.

Fishhook ipa or aipa

whalebone, mother-of-pearl, wood, tortoiseshell, fau fibre, Tonga, l 15 -15.5 cm, Inv. Oz 216

Fishhook made of bone with a straight shank. A barb is located on the outer side of hook, directly below the point. A brown fishing line is attached to the hook.

Fishhook makau

bone, cord, Hawaii, l. 4.6 cm, w. (max.) 2 cm, Inv. Oz 227

Fishhook, made of two pieces of bone bound together with a string made from plant materials. The barb is located on the inner side of the hook.

Fishhook makau

bone, cord, Hawaii, l. 7.5 cm, w. (max.) 3.4 cm, Inv. Oz 228

Fishhook made of two pieces of bone bound together with a string made from plant materials. The barb located on inner side of hook with a brown fishing line attached.

Fishhook makau

bone, cord, Hawaii, l. 5 cm, w. (max.) 2.5 cm, Inv. Oz 229

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl with a straight shank and a barb located on the outer side of the hook, directly below the point.

Fishhook makau paweo

mother-of-pearl, cord, Hawaii, l 4.2 cm, w (max.) 2.5 cm and 2.7 cm, Inv. Oz 225

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl with a curved shank and a barb located on the outer side of the hook, directly below the point. A short brown fishing line is attached.

Fishhook makau paweo

mother-of-pearl, cord, Hawaii, l 4.2 cm, w (max.) 2.5 cm and 2.7 cm, Inv. Oz 226

Fishhook with wooden shank, with a bone point lightly curved and lashing at the bone point and upper shank made of plant fibres extending to a twisted cord.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 12.5 cm, w. 6.5 cm Hanover 1854, No. 35

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Hanover 1854, No. 7

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Hanover 1854, No. 8

Fishhook with wooden shank, inserted bone point, and twisted cord as the line.

Fishhook matau okooko

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 15 cm, Inv. Oz 337

Small double barbed fishhook made of bone with a serrated outer edge and twisted cord.

Fishhook matau

bone, flax, New Zealand. l. 3 cm, Inv. Oz 327

Fishhook made of bone with serrated outer edge and twisted cord.

Fishhook matau

bone, flax, New Zealand, l. 3 cm, Inv. Oz 328

Fishhook made of bone with serrated outer edge and twisted cord.

Fishhook matau

bone, flax, New Zealand, l. 3 cm, Inv. Oz 329

Fishhook with a wooden shank, bone point and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 331

Fishhook with wooden shank, bone point, and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 332

Fishhook with wooden shank, bone point, and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 333

Fishhook with shank made of black wood, fish bone point, with short, twisted cord, and lashing made of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, fishbone, cord, New Zealand, l. 3 cm, Inv. Oz 334

Fishhook made of two pieces of bone neatly tied together, with twisted cord and lashing made of plant material.

Fishhook matau

bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 11 cm, Inv. Oz 335

Two-part fishhook made of wood, with twisted cord, and lashing made of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, cord, New Zealand, l. 8 cm, Inv. Oz 336

Two-part fishhook made of wood with twisted cord and lashing made of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 10 cm, Inv. Oz 338

Fishhook with curved wooden shank, bone point, and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 339

Fishhook with curved wooden shank, bone point, and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 340

Fishhook with curved wooden shank, bone point, and lashing of twisted cords of plant material.

Fishhook matau

wood, bone, cord, New Zealand, l. 4.5–13 cm, Inv. Oz 341

Large fishhook made of dark purple pinna marina shell with strings made of various plant fibres attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1– 10 cm, Inv. Oz 377

Fishhook made of large dark purple pinna marina shell, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1– 10 cm, Inv. Oz 378

Fishhook made of a large dark purple pinna shell where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1– 10 cm, Inv. Oz 379

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl that is supported at the upper end of the shank where strings made of various plant fibres are attached and tied to a small piece of pale, light wood.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Inv. Oz 382

Fishhook made of a large dark purple pinna shell where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1– 10 cm, Inv. Oz 384

Fishhook made of a large dark purple pinna shell where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1– 10 cm, Inv. Oz 385

Fishhook made of a large dark purple pinna shell where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.1–10 cm, Inv. Oz 386

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Inv. Oz 387

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Inv. Oz 388 (left)

Fishhook made of mother-of-pearl, where strings made of various plant fibres are attached.

Fishhook matau

mother-of-pearl, cord, purau wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 2.3–4.7 cm, Inv. Oz 389 (right)

fishhook made of snail shell with thin twisted cord.

Fishhook matau

snailshell, cord, l. 2 cm, New Zealand, Inv. Oz 330

Fishhook with mother-of-pearl shank, the hook made of Tortoiseshell secured together with plant fibres.

Fishhook mata’u

mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 4– 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 207

Fishhook with mother-of-pearl shank, the hook made of tortoiseshell, both secured together with twisted cord of plant fibre.

Fishhook mata’u

mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 4– 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 209

Fishhook with mother-of-pearl shank, the hook made of tortoiseshell, both secured together with twisted cord of plant fibre.

Fishhook mata’u

mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 4– 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 212

Fishhook with mother-of-pearl shank, the hook made of tortoiseshell, both secured together with plaited cord of plant fibre to form the line.

Fishhook mata’u

mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 4– 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 214

Fishhook with mother-of-pearl shank, the hook made of tortoiseshell, both secured together with plaited cord of plant fibre to form the line.

Fishhook mata'u

mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 4– 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 215

U-shaped fishhook made from a piece of hardwood made secure with cord.

Fishhook

hardwood, cord, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 12.2 cm (up to the lashing), Inv. Oz 206

Large fishhook made of brown hardwood with the point made of mother-of-pearl that is secure with plaited coconut fibres.

Fishhook

hardwood, shell, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 9 cm (up to the lashing), Inv. Oz 381

Fishhook made of a finely polished piece of hardwood. The point of the hook is flat on the side and the upper end of the shank is supported and secured with plaited coconut fibres.

Fishhook

hardwood, plant fibre, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 21 cm (up to the lashing), Inv. Oz 383

Fishing bait or lure made of the backs of cowry shells to resemble an animal.

Fishing device

cowries, sticks, plant fibre, mother-of-pearl, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 44 cm, Hanover 1854, No. 10

Fishing bait or lure made of the backs of cowry shells to resemble an animal. Fishing line of plant fibre is tied to it and a mother-of-pearl hook.

Fishing device

cowries, sticks, plant fibre, mother-of-pearl, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 33 cm, 6.5 cm (fish-hook), Inv. Oz 391

Large fishing net of whitish parau with numerous weights of white coral tied with strands of plaited coconut fibre along the lower long sides, and floats of small parau sticks along the upper long sides.

Fishing net upea

purau fibre, sticks, coconut fibre, coral, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 900 cm, w. 95 cm, Inv. Oz 402

Large fishing net of whitish parau with numerous weights of white coral tied with strands of plaited coconut fibre along the lower long sides, and floats of small parau sticks along the upper long sides.

Fishing net upea

purau fibre, sticks, coconut fibre, coral, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 1100 cm, w. 100 cm, Inv. Oz 403

U-shaped wooden hook made with whale sinew and an inward pointing barbed bone tied to the hook with root splits.

Halibut hook cheemaine

wood, bone, spruce root splints, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 12.7 cm, w. 6.1 cm, Inv. Am 618

Left image: Harpoon point or fish spear made of possibly whalebone, with ten barbs on one side. Right image:  Also a harpoon point made of whalebone, with only one barb.

Harpoon or lance point

Harpoon or lance point, bone, possibly whalebone, Tierra del Fuego, l. 29 cm, w. 2.4 cm, Inv. Am 47 (right)

A harpoon point made of a concave piece of mussel shell, cemented between two pieces of pointed bone, with thick, twisted cord affixed to the underneath of the shell tip.

Harpoon point hooks ‘quaboolshtl

mussel shell, bone, animal sinew, bark, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 13 cm (harpoon), 99 cm (cord), Inv. Am 663

Left image: Harpoon point or fish spear made of possibly whalebone, with ten barbs on one side. Right image:  Also a harpoon point made of whalebone, with only one barb.

Harpoon point kaheita

Harpoon point kaheita, bone, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 33.5 cm, Inv. Am 643 (left)

Lure that consists of a brownish, cone-shaped piece of stalactite, securely fastened to a large leopard cowry shell, a twig for a tail all tied together with braided coconut fibres.

Lure maka feke

stalactite, cowrie shell, wood, coconut fibre, Tonga, l. 22.5 cm, Inv. Oz 219

Long wooden needles made of dark brown wood and pointed at the ends with an eye at the wider end.

Netting needles hui, netting needle hui kupenga

wood, Tonga, l. 40 cm, l. 32 cm; l. 29, l. 23cm, Inv. Oz 200, 201, 203, 204

Paddle made of one piece of brown wood with an oval-shaped blade that is pointed at one end.

Paddle fohe

wood, Tonga, l. 144.5 cm, w. 32 cm, Inv. Oz 355

Short arrow made of fir wood, feathered, and pointed with bone having two barbs and also an additional point made of a blue slate ground very sharp.

Shaft of an arrow

wood, feathers, plant fibre, animal skin, Unalaska, northern Pacific, l. 54 cm, Inv. Am 1100

Sling made of plaited cordage affixed to opposite ends of a diamond-shaped pouch, made of brown leather.

Sling sinka

leather, animal sinew, Tierra del Fuego, l. 165 cm, 15 cm (pouch), Inv. Am 15

Two spear throwers made of wood.

Spear-thrower and spear-thrower hasgooc

Spear-thrower, wood, Unalaska, northern Pacific, l. 50.3 cm, w. 4.3 cm, Inv. Am 655; Spear-thrower hasgooc, wood, Unalaska, northern Pacific, l. 48.2 cm, w. 4.5 cm, Inv. Am 685

Wooden spears that are thin at the lower end and gradually thicken to an engraved pattern. One spear is bound near the point with bark cloth.

Spears

wood, unattributed, l. 213 cm; l. 259.5 cm, Inv. Oz 1287, 1288

Wooden paddle of a war canoe. The shaft is decorated with ornaments at the handle and at the connection of the blade.

Steering paddle hoe

wood, New Zealand, l. 193 cm, w. 15.5 cm, Inv. Oz 285