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In 1868, Hoa Hakananai'a was 'discovered' on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Polynesia. Shipped to England on board HMS Topaze, it was presented by Queen Victoria to the British Museum. One of only 10 statues known to have been carved in basalt, it fits the design canon of nearly 1,000 others (called moai) - all carved of consolidated volcanic ash in a single quarry beginning c.In 1868, Hoa Hakananai'a was 'discovered' on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Polynesia. Shipped to England on board HMS Topaze, it was presented by Queen Victoria to the British Museum. One of only 10 statues known to have been carved in basalt, it fits the design canon of nearly 1,000 others (called moai) - all carved of consolidated volcanic ash in a single quarry beginning c. 1100 A.D. Erected on ceremonial sites, the statues were sacred icons exemplifying the Polynesian concern with ancestry and the gods. This volume describes how, and by whom Hoa Hakananai'a was collected, and reconstructs the underlying Rapanui aesthetic and social structure that produced it. The research framework includes the form, features and symbols of Hoa Hakananai'a itself; eyewitness accounts; the cultural context discerned in objective archaeological data; the anthropological insight gained from two decades working with the Rapanui community, and the aesthetic continuity of selected Rapanui museum objects....

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ISBN : 9780714150246
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Hoa Hakananai'a Reviews

  • Wendy
    2019-06-19 07:55

    It's not as easy to find books on the moai as one might think. I returned from Rapa Nui and remembered I'd picked this up at the British Museum the year before -- and though it's obviously 100000000% better to see the moai in their context on Rapa Nui itself, I'm really grateful the British Museum sold this little book. It captured the basic history I'd learned on the island quite well!

  • Barry H. Wiley
    2019-05-30 08:50

    I found myself standing in front of Hoa Hakanania at the British Museum a week ago wishing I had already read the book which was on sale for 5 pounds. The story is well told and very well illustrated ... and filled with the subtle mystery of place and time. It is the presence of Hoa Hakanania that is so compelling even in the noise of a bustling modern museum, right across from a gift shop. I am researching the history of the Pacific Islands as background for a novel set in 1897, so this was a must read, and a re-read.

  • Angus
    2019-06-10 06:11

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