Object photography

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Object description

  • Hawaiian artist
  • Lei niho palaoa (neck ornament), early 19th century
  • Human hair, sperm whale tooth, olona fiber
  • Hawai'i
  • Gift of Mr. Stephen W. Phillips and Mrs. Stephen H. Phillips, 1925
  • E19674


This large neck ornament is made with dark olona fiber and human hair. A sperm whale tooth is carved to form a hook and positioned at the bottom center of the neck ornament.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present