Whaling Harpoon Or Iron

Maker
Unknown
Production date
Circa 19th Century
Description
This forged metal harpoon with an articulated head is a long spear- like instrument used for catching whales. The harpoon or commonly called by whale men as the "iron", it acts as a hook to fasten the whale to the whaleboat. The design of the harpoon is to penetrate into the whale's bubbler to hold securely like a hook.
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Media/Materials
Metal - Forged Iron
Measurements
886 x 46 x 34 mm (L x w x d)
Production place
Department Collection Type
Object type
Credit line
Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession number
1964/199/1

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