[singlepic id=167 w=450 h=250 float=none]Octopus lure
Lure formed of two pieces of tiger cowrie shell (Cypraea tigris) enclosing a heavy coral sinker and decorated with small olive shells (Oliva carneola). Lures like this one probably originated in Western Polynesia.
Probably originally from Tonga. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 2943
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.