Moa Hunter Period - Shell Rei Niho Neck Ornament

Sands Carving Studio


The Archaic or Moa Hunter period is when the Polynesians made first contact with the moa, around 700 to 800 years ago. 

Moa Hunter people adorned themselves with necklaces made of various materials, including shark teeth, ivory, shell, stone, bird bone tubes, sperm whale teeth, and porpoise teeth, often featuring a central pendant made from a large sperm whale tooth or a stone replica.

This original Moa Hunter Period style necklace features 9 individually shaped Rei Niho shell pieces. It was hand-carved and crafted by Alex Sands.