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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, cord, cloth?
  • Object Length/Width: 34 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4002

The single strand is made of paired cowrie shells strung on cord. The shells are stuffed with red cloth. It has a small cross pendant of cowrie shells.