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A New Zealand Maori large wooden hook used for shark fishing, the bone barb lost
A New Zealand Maori wood shanked and haliotis shell inlaid trolling lure with bone hook secured with flax cord
A North West Coast Tlingit Halibut Hook of spruce root, cedar wood and bone
Seven Solomon Islands fish hooks some with glass beaded lures one hook with an added mother of pearl strip carved to resemble a bonito fish restricted to Malaita Island
Two Tongan Tridacna shell hooks one with a barbed shell hook the other with a bone point
Two Marshal Islands fishhooks made from tridacna shell of typical form
Two Hawaiian Islands tiny mother of pearl fish hooks decorated with stylised markings
Late 19th Century
SIZE: 2cm long - ¾ ins long (min) / 17cm long – 6¾ ins long (max)
Fishhooks besides being barbed and baited also carried brightly coloured beads or other materials, which revolving in the water simulate a small fish and act like an artificial spinner to bait and hook a larger fish.
Considering that none of these sixteen hooks are made of any form of metal, and were constructed with tools of stone and sharks teeth and then tied with specially prepared fibre, they are a triumph of Stone Age technology.