Fish Net


From: Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 37-22-183
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Sherbro
Provenience Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island
Section African
Materials Plant Fiber | Wood

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.

Length 106 cm
Credit Line Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number 115 - Collector Number

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