Lei o mano (Shark tooth weapon)

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Hawaiian hand weapon made of kauila wood and shark teeth.

Contains 6 shark's teeth arranged in two rows inside a hollowed piece of kauila wood about 3.75" long. Holes have been drilled into the wood and the teeth to secure them with hemp cordage. Three loops of braided hemp are attached to enable the user to insert their fingers through the loops.


Cultural Narrative: 

This was a disemboweling weapon. It was held concealed in the closed hand, where it was retained in place by the loops into which the fingers were inserted. Approaching the enemy from behind, the lei o mano was slashed smartly across his bare abdomen.

Location Description: 


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