Harpoon head - ROM2005_5311_1


Harpoon head

Maker: Tsimshian/Tlingit
Medium:Wood, copper, pitch, commercial cord
Geography: Northern British Columbia, Canada or southern Alaska, USA
Date: 19th-early 20th century
29 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm
Object number: 939.31.62
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionAs a principal food resource, salmon has been caught over the years using weirs, hooks, nets, and spears. This harpoon head fits onto the foreshaft, which in turn is attached to a long wood handle. When the spear is thrust into the salmon, the harpoon head dislodges from the handle. The tension of the line held by the fisherman causes the toggle-shaped harpoon head to anchor itself within the fish.
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