Large and Rare Ritual Shark Hook, gaung'akao, Rennell Island
length of hook 13 1/4in (33.5cm)
with coconut fiber sennit binding and loop.
Private Collection, Providence, Rhode Island
Cf. Kaeppler, Blackburn Collection (2011; fig. 227). According to Kaeppler, "Ritual hooks were used by the priest of the island to invoke the gods before fishing and were considered taboo."