Carving

Description
Despite traditional views that this type of carving reflects famine and emaciation, modern thinking suggests that this is a representation of a deceased ancestor and was probably displayed during celebrations of the harvest. The figure is carved from toromiro wood. The eyes are inset with shell and black obsidian (volcanic glass). Collected on Easter Island by Lt. Richard Sainthill of HMS Topaze in 1868.
Accession Loan No.
E1827
Simple Name
figure
Full Name
ancestor figure (moai kavakava)
Common Name
carving
Production Country
Easter Island (Special Territory of Chile)
Material
toromiro hard wood; shell; obsidian
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Collection Contintent
Pacific
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Production County
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Production Year High
1868
Cultural Group
Rapa Nui
Function Name
religion
Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:17
Updated At
2019-03-28 15:16:32

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