Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cowrie shell lei (necklace)
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • cowrie shell lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cowrie shells, plant fiber, cloth?, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 35 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4000

The single strand of graduated cowrie shells has a larger brown cowrie shell for a pendant. The plant fiber cord is braided and the shells appear to have red cloth or strings inside.