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Fish Net

Object Number:37-22-183
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Materials:Plant Fiber
Length: 106 cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number:115 - Collector Number


Oblong bag of knotted netting used by men in fishing from canoes. The bag opens along one of the long sides. A flexible stick is fastened along each side of the opening. The fisherman in the bow of the canoe holds one of the sticks in each hand. When a school of small fish appears near the surface, he stretches the net open and plunges it, opening downward, into the water among the fishes. With a quick movement he then closes the bag by bringing one stick over the other and lifts his haul into the canoe.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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