From: Easter Island

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 18059A
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Easter Island
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Bone | Obsidian
Iconography Man

Wooden figure, male, with articulated ribs. Portable male figures like this one (moai kavakava) were apparently used in private or household riituals. They were also sold and traded to Europeans as early as James Cook's visit to Easter Island in 1774. This is a particularly fine example, probably carved some time early in the 19th century. Whether it was made for ritual purposes or trade to Europeans cannot be determined.

Height 43.5 cm
Width 9 cm
Credit Line Gift of William Pepper, 1891
Other Number 0110 - Cast Number | LE711 - Other Number

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