Three Shell Necklaces, Tahiti, Society Islands
lengths 17 1/4in (43.8cm); 27 1/4in (69.2cm); 27 3/4in (70.5cm)
According to the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (web: December 26, 2012), "Shells are bored and threaded on short strings for head bands or on longer strings for necklaces. A single species of shell may be used, or various combinations. The use of different shells is known as tahonohono. The shells used are: pareho, a small kind of cowrie; pipia bivalve, with a ribbed shell like a cockle; kahi, the small shells used for necklaces, the larger shells for domestic purposes; and ungaunga, a long, thin, spiral shell."