Native American

Two Fishing Lures

Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Ojibwe
Place: Great Lakes, Canada
Media: Wood, feathers, tin, tacks, and pigment
Dims: 3.5 x 2 in. (8.9 x 5 cm).
Date: c. 1925
RTC No: NA1312ab
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

It’s easy to be hooked (pun intended) on these amazing fishing lures from the collection!

These lures were likely attached to fishing lines and then dangled to attract fish such as lake trout and whitefish. The smaller lure would attract trout and smaller fish and is probably the oldest; the larger lure is more recent and still retains some of its feathers and much of its old-fashioned gilt paint and tin trimmings. These small objects transcend the lines between art, culture, and artifact with equanimity. —Ted Coe

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