The image depicts a mountain goat. Traditional Tlingit halibut hooks consist of two pieces of wood, usually alder and cedar, lashed together at an angle of 30 degrees with split spruce root.
They are sturdy and they are designed to catch are the largest of flatfish, bottom dwelling, routinely 20 to 100 pounds and possibly far larger. When the hook is in use, in deep, open waters, its carved arm is down, running roughly parallel with the ocean floor, and the bone barb carries a strip of octopus as bait. The Tlingits embellished their hooks with carved renderings of spirit helpers. The figure on the hook was believed by the halibut fishers as great help to humans and who penetrated the sacred realm beyond social boundaries and helped draw the halibut to the hook. The imagery used on the hooks was to he halibut hook makes an impressive display item and a fine addition to anyone's collection.Please check out other current offerings including a great Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian and Kwakiutl totem poles, many historic baskets de-accessioned from museum collections including Salish, Haida , Tsimshian , Cowlitz and Tlingit examples. Also some great early Inuit carvings. More than just a pretty picture. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today! The item "FINE RARE OLD NORTHWEST COAST TLINGIT HALIBUT HOOK CIRCA LATE 1800'S NR" is in sale since Friday, November 27, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal".
The seller is "richmojoe" and is located in Northwest Coast. This item can be shipped worldwide.