Lei niho palaoa
Ivory (whale), hair (human), plant (olona)
29.5 x 14.0 x 6.0 cm.
The olona (Touchardia latifolia) tying cords are intact. Several strands of the braided hair are severed. One strand had been knotted back together. This is one of six lei niho palaoa that came to the museum from the royal residence, Washington Place. The process of creating both the pendant from ivory and the braided hair necklace added to its mana or spiritual power.
Collection Name: Liliuokalani Collection