Ancient Round Grooved Sinker, Hawaiian Islands
Stone with coral encrustation
diameter 4 3/4in (12cm)
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent
According to Buck (1957: p. 342) "Stone sinkers were used with nets, fishing lines, squid lures, and ground bait; but the introduction of lead speedily led to their abandonment."