A Rare Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Trolling Lure Hook

A Rare Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Trolling Lure Hook

1800 to 1900 Marshal Islands, Micronesia

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A Rare Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Trolling Lure Hook
Pearl shell shank and pierced point, hackle and binding of fibre strands,
twisted fibre snood
19th Century

Size : 11.5 cm long – 4½ ins long
Provenance : Ex London Private collection
Outrigger canoes have been used for centuries in Micronesia. Traditionally fishing expeditions required several nights spent at sea and stronger canoes were built for this purpose. Marshal islanders canoes are superb examples of shell tool craftsmanship and their navigation was highly skilled. The Marshallese used sea 'charts' as an aide memoire made of a framework of sticks with small shells attached to indicate island positions.
They excelled in everyday craftsmanship and these trolling lure hooks have a distinctive form not found elsewhere.
Dimensions
Height 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Medium
Pearl shell shank fibre strands, twisted fibre snood
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