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Collector:
Maj. William J. Thomson  Search this
Donor Name:
John C. Green  Search this
Expedition:
Mohican Survey of Easter Island  Search this
Vessel:
U.S.S. Mohican  Search this
Length - Object:
66 cm
Width - Object:
11 cm
Culture:
Rapa Nui (Easter Islander)  Search this
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile, Polynesia
Accession Date:
23 Mar 2004
Collection Date:
18 Dec 1886 to 31 Dec 1886
Notes:
Human-like figure, traditional name: moai kavakava, possibly made of Toromiro wood. Figures of this type were traditionally religious, but were later made for trade. Oversized head and ears. Relief carving on top of head. White shell? and obsidian? inlaid eyes. Prominent eyebrows carved in relief. Protruding ribcage with carved chevron designs depicting ribs extending around to the back and connecting to the backbone, which is also carved in relief. Very long thin arms. Significant splitting of wood along grain on body. Two cm. wide area broken off front of scrotum, probably penis. Also area 2.2 cm. x 1.9 cm. broken off of chin. Later repair using wooden screw to re-attach head and neck. Collected by William Judah Thomson, Paymaster on the USS Mohican, while collecting other Easter Island material for the Smithsonian during U.S. naval expedition in 1886. See accession numbers 19025, 20078, 23098 and 20551 for other objects collected by Thomson.
Record Last Modified:
6 Oct 2015
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2030331
USNM Number:
E430952-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/365895431-f29c-4a61-b0ec-fd0b0a84777a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8939937