Death of a Moai: Easter Island statues
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Death of a Moai: Easter Island statues their nature, deterioration and conservation (Easter Island Foundation occasional paper) by A. Elena Charola

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Published by Distributed by Easter Island Foundation .
Written in English


  • Antiquities,
  • Collection and preservation,
  • Conservation and restoration,
  • Easter Island,
  • Sculpture, Prehistoric

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages50
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8679638M
ISBN 101880636115
ISBN 109781880636114

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It is still unknown precisely why these statues were constructed in such numbers and on such a scale, or how they were moved around the island. Easter Island mysterious moai statues stand in silence but speak volumes about the achievements of their creators. Moai statues were built to honor chieftain or other important people who had passed away.   I could go on and on about the mystery and intrigue of Easter Island, but I think I beat the topic to death in Part I of this report. People tend to visit Easter Island for one solitary reason: to see the Moai. There is a lot of mystery about these statues, indigenous to Easter Island and left there by the native Rapa Nui people, ancestors of whom still populate the island today. There is a.   Known as Moai by the Rapa Nui people who created the figures in the tropical South Pacific directly west of Chile, these huge statues were carved from stone found on the island Author: Callum Hoare.   Easter Island statues mystery SOLVED: Scientists claim island civilisation DIDN'T COLLAPSE THE giant Easter Island stone heads may very well .

  In the Rapa Nui language, the Easter Island statues are called Moai Aringa Ora, which means “the living face of our ancestors”. The most common interpretation is that these statues were created in order to preserve the energy of the natives after death. Moʻai / ˈ m oʊ. aɪ / (), or moai (Spanish: moái, Rapa Nui: moʻai, meaning "statue" in Rapa Nui), are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years and Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moʻai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's. The Moai are some of the world’s most fascinating and widely-recognised monolithic statues. Located on the remote Chilean territory of Easter Island, they tell a mysterious story of the island’s early people and their obsession with rock carvings. Much research has been carried out on these famous statues and many of the damaged and fallen statues have since been restored around the island. A mystery in the South Pacific Ocean José Tuki is a year-old artist from Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. He’s sitting on Anakena beach and he’s looking at enormous statues of people – the moai. The statues are from four feet tall to 33 feet tall. Some of them weigh more than 80 tons. They are hundreds of years old. The moai are made of a type of stone that doesn’t.

  Rapa Nui (or Easter Island, as it is commonly known) is home to the enigmatic Moai, stone monoliths that have stood watch over the island landscape for hundreds of existence is a marvel of human ingenuity -- and their meaning a source of some mystery. Ancient Rapanui carvers worked at the behest of the elite ruling class to carve nearly 1, Moai because they, and the .   One of the mysteries of Easter Island's moai statues is why islanders dragged them to the coast. Now, scientists think they may be markers for hidden water sources.   Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is famous for immense, carved stone statues called moai.A completed moai is made of three parts: a large yellow body, a red hat or topknot (called pukao), and white inset eyes with a coral iris.. Approximately 1, of these sculptures, shaped with humanoid faces and torsos, were created, most of which range.   The island boasts an archaeological record like nowhere else on earth, including a large number of megalithic statues or moai on large constructed stone platforms or ahu. Despite the prominence of this archaeological record it is unknown exactly how or why ancient Polynesians moved more than 25 million pounds of stone in this particular island.