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cowrie shell lei (necklace)
  • Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) peoples
  • cowrie shell lei (necklace), late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cowrie shells, plant fiber, cloth?, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 35 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/4 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4001
Description

The single strand of cowrie shells has a larger brown cowrie shell for a pendant stitched to a strand of braided plant fiber. The shells appear to be stuffed with a red cloth.