MOAI Hoa Hakananai'a Rapa Nui Stone Statue Sculpture www.Neo-Mfg.com 12" Easter island Museum reproduction
Ancestor figure 'moai', called Hoa Hakananai'a (hidden or stolen friend) made of basalt. Images relating to the bird man religion (tangata manu); birds, vulvas, dance paddles in the form of stylizes human figure, a ring and a girdle design are carved in relief on the back of the figure's head and body.
Its eyes sockets were originally inlaid with red stone and coral and the sculpture was painted with red and white designs, which were washed off when it was rafted to the ship, to be taken to Europe in 1869. Over a few hundred years the inhabitants of this remote island quarried, carved and erected around 887 moai.
It is understood that large stone sculptures or moai were made on Rapa Nui between AD 1100 and 1600.
The size and complexity of the moai increased over time, and it is believed that Hoa Hakananai'a dates to around AD 1200.
It is one of only fourteen moai made from basalt, the rest are carved from the island’s softer volcanic tuff.
This statue would have originally stood on a specially-built platform on the sacred site of Orongo.
It would have stood with giant stone companions, their backs to the sea, keeping watch over the island.
Made in: Rano Kao (likely)
Oceania: Polynesia: Easter Island: Rano Kao
Diameter: 47 centimetres
Height: 2.42 metres
Width: 96 centimetres
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