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Ojibwa wood fish decoy on sinew line

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A Fish-shaped decoy is carved of a single piece of light color wood with little detailing except the outlines of eyes and gills. The tail is made of a piece of birchbark inserted in a slot in the wood. It also has four short fins made of leather. Lead is inserted in a hole in the bottom. A line of twisted sinew is fastened to the top of the head and knotted at the tail. The decoy is from the Mille Lacs, Minn., area.