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Stone Figure

Vessel:
U.S.S. Mohican
Expedition:
Mohican Survey of Easter Island
Donor Name:
Comm. Benjamin F. Day
Collector:
Maj. William J. Thomson
Height:
2m
Width:
1m
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Ahu O'Pepe, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile, Polynesia
Accession Date:
1887-May-04
Collection Date:
18 Dec 1886
Topic:
Ethnology
Accession Number:
019025
USNM Number:
E128368-0
Specimen Count:
1
Notes:
FROM CARD: "STONE FIGURE WEIGHING ABOUT 3 TONS-SHOWING HEAD, SHOULDERS AND BUST BUT ONLY OUTLINE OF ARMS, THE LATTER, NOT DISTINCT FROM THE BODY, BUT A SLIGHTLY RAISED SURFACE CARVED STRAIGHT DOWN THE SIDE, WITH THE FOREARMS PLACED ACROSS THE STOMACH AT RIGHT ANGLES-FINGERS TOUCHING AND SLIGHTLY INTERLACED. BELOW THIS PONT THE GENERAL SHAPE OF THE MONOLITH IS SQUARE".
See also Catalogue No. E128369, which was used as the topknot or pukao for this figure/moai when it was formerly on exhibit in NHB exhibit Hall 8 (even though pukao was probably not actually made for this statue.) See Fig. 10, and pp. 27-28 in "Changing Faces: Rapa Nui Statues in the Social Landscape" by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, in Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island by Eric Kjelgren, Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 2001. As of 2005, this statue or moai is on exhibit in the NHB Constitution Avenue lobby (but pukao E128369 is no longer included in the exhibit). Exhibit label identifies this as carved of consolidated volcanic ash or volcanic tuff [lapilli tuff] (from the quarry Rano Raraku); collected for the Smithsonian in 1886 from a rare inland ceremonial site called "Ahu O'Pepe"; found lying on the ground with 6 other statues. This moai is Easter Island Statue Project reference # SI-WDC-001.
Record Last Modified:
18 Jun 2014
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