A Collection of Five Solomon Islands Clam Shell Spinning Hooks

A Collection of Five Solomon Islands Clam Shell Spinning Hooks

1800 to 1900 Solomon Islands

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A Collection of Five Solomon Islands Clam Shell Spinning Hooks for Bonito Fishing
The shanks with serrated edges, carved shell hooks, coconut fibre snoods, tied with hemp
Late 19th Century

Size: 15cm long – 6 ins long (max.)
11.5cm long – 4½ ins long (min.)
In the Solomon Islands the bonito, a predatory fish related to the tuna is an important source of food. The presence of a shoal is indicated by sea birds which follow the small fish on which the bonito feed. The bonito are caught with un-baited spinning hooks that are towed behind canoes, as the bonito mistake these shell hooks for small fish.
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