Three Solomon Islands Turtle Shell Trolling Lure Bonito Fish Hooks
Three Solomon Islands Turtle Shell Trolling Lure Bonito Fish Hooks

Three Solomon Islands Turtle Shell Trolling Lure Bonito Fish Hooks

1800 to 2000 Solomon Islands

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Three Solomon Islands Turtle Shell Trolling Lure Bonito Fish Hooks
Two with a single piece turtle shell shank with a ‘V’ shaped line tie, one with glass beads bound as a lure.
Another more unusual with the single piece turtle shell shank engraved and shaped to depict a fish.
Late 19th – Early 20th century

Size: 6.5cm long – 2½ ins long (min) 8.5cm long – 3¼ ins long (max)
cf Edge Partington 1890, pg. 209; S.Phelps 1976, pg. 246
Fishing is a male occupation in the Solomon Islands which is practised by trolling or spinning the un-baited hook from behind a moving canoe. Bonito are both economically and ritually the most important fish in the Solomon Islands that are caught with hooks such as these.
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