Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shell headband
  • unknown Tahitian maker
  • shell headband, early 1900s–1968
  • Where object was made: Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • shell, pigment, cotton
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2 x 22.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3/4 x 8 7/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2723

The circular headband has a round cross-section. There are very small spiral snail shells painted in blocks of red, black or dark yellow and two small sections are left natural white.