Metal (iron), Plant (fiber), Ivory
5.37 x 3.93 x 0.70 cm
This is a four pronged hook (four barbless iron one-piece fishhooks) attached to an ivory base. Cordage is wrapped around the base and may be holding the piece together. One of the names for barbless fishhooks is 'omau, which means "to hold steadfast." The fishhook did not originate in Hawaii but possibly Ponape, Caroline Islands. It was collected by R L Richards in the 1930s.
This object is associated with R L Richards