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: 24.5 cm
    Object Length: 9 5/8 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4007

The single strand of white shell discs is strung on wire. They are mostly larger discs, though there are smaller discs near the silver colored metal barrel clasp.