Fishhook Z 5963

[singlepic id=165 w=450 h=250 float=none]Fishhook, Bayaloyalo
Hook of whale bone, pearl shell, turtle shell and vegetable fibre of Tongan manufacture. Hooks like this do not need bait as the fibre hackle and pearl shell act as a lure. They were prized as prestigious chiefly exchange items.
Tonga. Possibly collected by Rev. Daniel Wheeler, 1830s. Z 5963

An impressive variety of fishing equipment was used in Fiji, reflecting the diversity of fishing grounds: inside and outside reefs as well as in rivers. While some of these objects are unique to Fiji, other technologies were borrowed from neighbouring islands in Western Polynesia.

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