The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum


Tongan whalebone trolling lures with pearl-shell reflectors and a barbed turtle shell hook. Lures of this kind were trolled behind paddling canoes in the open sea in order to catch large fish with which to feed chiefs. Originally the lead cord of these lures was plaited from the fine inner bark of the Roga (Pipturus argentus). The leads which were then fastened to a flat, tightly plaited coconut fibre husk line were exactly the same as those found as neck cords on fine, composite breastplates.

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