This is an exceedingly rare & very important Northwest Coast artifact from the Nootka Sound (the west coast of Vancouver Island)This fish hook is one of a handful of specimens which were collected by the famed discoverer Capt James Cook during his 3. (and final) ill fated journey in (1776 1779). Sometime in the late 18. Century, Lever commissioned a one Sarah Stone (a brilliant illustrator) to illustrate/record/documentmost of Cooks artifacts. An identical fish hook is illustrated in the book titled Art and Artifacts of the 18.
There is a wealth of information on the net about the interesting voyages of James Cook, Ashton Lever and some info on Sarah Stone as wellso do read about them. A very beautiful composite artifact made, primarily, from the root (manufactured via the bentwood method) of the cedar tree. A bone barb for hooking the bait, spruce tree fibre bindingand lastly (an important feature) an old 18.
Century label with Lever`s or Stone`s inscription, incorrectly attributing the hook to somewhere in the South Seas.. it`s important to note that.Before Cook reached the Pacific Northwest Coast region, he first sailed the South Seas. (if you arent familiar with Cooks fascinating voyages, pls read about them)and some of the collected artifacts, which were donated to Lever by Cooks wife Elizabeth, didnt come with any accurate information pertaining to their place of origin; hence quite q few were prone to misidentification by Sir Ashton LeverThe late 18. Century inscription, on the very aged and yellowed label, is plausibly, of Levers. Ex- Scotland (Glasgow) tribal arts collection for many years. This is a large fish hook used to catch large fish like Halibut (a very important food item for the Nootka and other NWC peoples).. Measuring almost 7 inches (18 cms)! In excellent condition for its more than 200 year old age!!! Absolutely gorgeous sinuous form and lovely old patina! A MAGNIFICIENT, HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE ARTIFACT. WITH A FANTASTIC & VERY IMPORTANT PROVENANCE!! NICE BEAUTIFUL DARK GLOSSY PATINA. YOU WILL FIND ONE IDENTICAL SPECIMEN IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (NEW YORK).. IN THE HALL OF THE NORTHWEST COAST ARTIFACTS. IT IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN WHAT IM OFFERING IT FOR HERE. IT IS A MUSEUM SPECIEMEN (POSSIBLY, ONCE HOUSED IN SOME MUSEUM SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE; DEFINITLEY, THE LEVARIAN MUSEUM). DONT LET THIS ONE GET AWAY!
The item "Northwest Coast (Nootka Sound) Fish Hook. James Cook" is in sale since Tuesday, October 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "lazarusantiques" and is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.