University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18059A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Easter Island
Height: 43.5 cm
Width: 9 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891
Other Number:0110 - Cast Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892) View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] G., E. A. 1935. Easter Island Wood Carvings.. The University Museum Bulletin. Vol. 6, No. 1 (October). pg. 21-29 Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Wingert, Paul S., and Linton, Ralph. 1946. Arts of the South Seas.. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 48View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. "The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 12. no. 3-4. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 83View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1967. The Sculpture of Polynesia.. The Art Institute of Chicago. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 56View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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