Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shell lei (necklace)
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • shell lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaii, United States
  • shell, metal, wire
  • Object Length: 26 cm
    Object Length: 10 1/4 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4006

The irregular, though mostly rounded, pieces of white shell are strung on a wire in a single strand. It has a gold colored metal barrel clasp.