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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A Rare Large Tongan ‘Pa’ a Bonito Fishing Hook and Trolling Lure"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Whalebone, tortoiseshell, pearl shell and fibre
Size: 15 cm long – 6 ins long
See Finch and Co catalogue no. 2 item, no. 28 for another example
Harry Beasley records that the Rev Thomas of the Wesleyan Mission writing in the Mission Journal of 1839, states that ‘the large hooks called ‘Ba’ (sic) were highly valued’. Tuna and Bonito fish were caught with these lure hooks, regarded as ‘magical’ by trolling from the stern of a canoe.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|