Mini Moai with Green Sweatshirt Statue
This Mini Moai Statue is made of resin and it is compact, sturdy and durable. It is a Moai wearing a Green Sweatshirt sitting, it is funny, mini and lightweight and easy to carry. Moai that meaning “statue” in Rapa Nui, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island’s perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads 3/8 the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna). The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island in 1722, but all of them had fallen by the latter part of the 19th century. The production and transportation of the more than 900 statues is considered a remarkable creative and physical feat.
The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres (33 ft) high and weighed 82 tons. The heaviest moai erected was a shorter but squatter moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons. One unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 m (69 ft) tall, with a weight of about 145-165 tons. The Moai were toppled in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, possibly as a result of European contact or internecine tribal wars. The moai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style reflective of forms found throughout Polynesia. Moai are carved from volcanic ash. The human figures would be outlined in the rock wall first, then chipped away until only the image was left. The over-large heads (a 3-to-5 ratio between the head and the trunk, a sculptural trait that demonstrates the Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the chiefly head) have heavy brows and elongated noses with a distinctive fish-hook-shaped curl of the nostrils.
The lips protrude in a thin pout. Like the nose, the ears are elongated and oblong in form. The jaw lines stand out against the truncated neck. The torsos are heavy, and, sometimes, the clavicles are subtly outlined in stone. The arms are carved in bas relief and rest against the body in various positions, hands and long slender fingers resting along the crests of the hips, meeting at the hami (loincloth), with the thumbs sometimes pointing towards the navel. Generally, the anatomical features of the backs are not detailed, but sometimes bear a ring and girdle motif on the buttocks and lower back. Except for one kneeling Moai, the statues do not have clearly visible legs. Though moai are whole-body statues, they are often referred to as “Easter Island Heads” in some popular literature. Mini Moai with Green Sweatshirt Statue measures: 3.75 inches / 9.5 cm x 3.35 inches / 8.5 cm x 5.5 inches / 14 cm.
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