Collection: Fry

Item Number: Fry0121

Category: Hook - Seal Hooks

Region: Arctic

Tribe: Eskimo

Period: 1900-1925

Materials: Wood, nails and sea mammal hide.

Description: Seal hooks were made to retrieve seals, shot with rifles, after the introduction of firearms into Alaska. In ealier years the toggle head harpoon, attached to a line held by the hunter, was sufficient to enable the hunter to bring the seal to shore, or to his kayak. When rifles became available it was necessary to utilize a hook such as this in order to retrieve the killed seal.

Dimensions: Length 12.0 inches

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