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, plastic?
  • Object Length: 25 cm
    Object Length: 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3994

The single strand necklace has discs of light toned shells, possibly strung on plastic cord. It has a metal hook and eye closure.