Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shell lei (necklace)
  • Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) peoples
  • shell lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaii, United States
  • shell, metal, wire
  • Object Length: 26.5 cm
    Object Length: 10 3/8 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3995

The single strand necklace is made of light colored shell discs, irregularly shaped but rounded with the larger discs at the front. It was strung on wire with a metal barrel clasp.