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19 th Century
Size : 11.5 cm high – 4½ ins high
In the North Island the fish 'Kahawal' was caught with un-baited trolling or spinning hooks such as this example towed at speed behind canoes . The wood shank was set on the inside with a plate of paua ( haliotis iris ) shell which served to lure the fish onto the bone point . The success of this method of fishing can be gauged by the fact that it was retained even when metal became available .
|Height||11.50 cm||(4.53 inches)|