A Tongan Trolling Lure

A Tongan Trolling Lure

1800 to 1900 Tonga

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A Tongan Trolling Lure , carved from whalebone and turtle shell tied with plaited bark fibre
Mid 19 th Century

Size : 9 cm high – 3½ ins high
By trolling with these lure hooks from the stern of a canoe large Tunny and Bonito fish were caught . Captain Cook described the barbed trolling hooks attached to bamboo rods about 3 metres long with a line of the same length , as having no other bait than 'a tuft of flaxy stuff near the point.'

Dimensions
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Stock Code
F089
Medium
whalebone and turtle shell tied with plaited bark fibre
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