Sunday, 24 November 2019


Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is famous for its rows of moai, towering figures of deified ancestors that were carved from volcanic tuff rock in quarries then moved to a platform on the water's edge. This plaster cast was made from a mould secured during a 1934-1935 Museum expedition to Rapa Nui, 2,000 miles west of the Chilean coast.

There are 887 moai on Rapa Nui, where they are revered, considered by islanders to be sacred. There is an excellent moai cast on exhibit at the American Natural History Museum in New York.