Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cowrie shell lei (necklace)
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • cowrie shell lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cowrie shells, cord, cloth?
  • Object Length/Width: 34.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 9/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3999

The single strand of paired cowrie shells is strung on cord with red and white strings that appear to be part of a cloth element. There is a pair of larger brown cowrie shells at one end with a cowrie shell tassel.