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Important Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian Hair Necklace

Important Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian Hair Necklace

lot 0314
Estimate $30,000 - $60,000Sep 11, 2016
Lot 0314
Hawaii; ca. 1800.
An important and rare example of this iconic ceremonial form. Of superb quality, this necklace appears to be the only recorded example retaining 4 large ivory beads at the the terminals. According to the late Arne Coward, these beads were an indication of royal ownership. Made of human hair with hook carved from sperm whale tooth.

Provenance

Arne Coward, HI. Museum Macabre, Honolulu Thence by descent.

Dimensions

Condition

Pristine condition.

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