Necklace with Hooked-Shaped Ornament, lei niho palaoa, Hawaiian Islands
length 9 1/2in (24.1cm); length of hook pendant 4 1/4in (10.8cm)
a substantial walrus ivory hook pendant strung on cotton string, to either side a trio of spindle-shaped ivory beads alternating with yellow glass trade beads.
Estate of Dr. Muriel Pollia, Los Angeles
Private Bay Area Collection
Cf. Rose (1980: plate XLI, no. 203, p.31) for a similar example. In the description accompanying that item, "Ivory beads were made in pre-European Hawai'i, but their manufacture was greatly stimulated by introduced European drills and cutting implements... Necklaces with trade beads were prized by early 19th-century chiefly women who had the means to obtain them." Rose (1980, p.197)