Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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nut lei (necklace)
  • Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) peoples
  • nut lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • nuts, ribbon
  • Object Length: 46.5 cm ribbon not included
    Object Length: 18 1/4 in ribbon not included
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 3
  • 2007.3997

The single strand lei is made from oblong yellow nuts with an erratic dark brown pattern natural to the nut. It was strung on black grosgrain ribbon.