Shark Hook

Unidentifed Kānaka Maoli maker


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about 1839-1841

Wood, whale ivory, and plant fiber

Overall: 10 5/8 × 5 1/2 in. (27 × 14 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the Smithsonian Institution



Place Made: Hawaii, Polynesia, Oceania


19th century

Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Hunting and Fishing

Research Area


Not on view


Collected by U.S. Exploring Expedition in Fiji, 1838-1842; transferred by order of the United States Congress to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1857; acquired by the Dartmouth College Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire, in an exchange, 1880's; catalogued, 1913.

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