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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