Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lei (necklace)
  • Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) peoples
  • lei (necklace), late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: Hawaii, United States
  • silk ribbon, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 46 x 7 x 3 cm length is longest strand, width is both strands together
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/16 in length is longest strand, width is both strands together
  • Gift of David W. Holroyd
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6665
Description

The lei is made from closely bunched and frayed yellow ribbon, giving the appearance of a thick fuzzy (or feathered) cord. It is currently broken but it is still tied together.