fish hook

Composite trolling hook with a shank constructed from a tapering pointed torpedo like piece of whale bone which is butt jointed into a plate of black lipped pearl shell underneath with piercing of four holes, and has an elaborate barbed hook of turtle shell at its narrow end. The hook shank and shell are lashed together in two places with extremely fine vegetable fibre binding and a line runs from the end of the hook along the shank reinforcing the hole together.

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