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Octopus Lure

Superficial scratches on surface, as from use. CULT unknown Tonga Polynesia Octopus lures were used to attract the octopus and so are made of cowrie shell to resemble shellfish. Polynesian tradition holds that they are made in the shape of the octopus' mythical enemy, the rat, and so the shape attracts the octopus, which is seeking revenge for the rat's ingratitude after the octopus had helped him across the river. The shells were loosely tied together so that they might rattle against the rocks to attract the octopus from a distance.
These octopus lures do not have a stone attached as a sinking weight as most do however, large holes in the shells would let in water to weigh down the lure. These lures were initially catalogued as rattles. They may be no.13 of Captain Laskey's 181 account.,