Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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figure depicting a moai
  • Easter Island
  • figure depicting a moai, late 1900s–1965
  • Where object was made: Easter Island, Chile
  • wood, varnish, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Carlyle S. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3621

The very stylized human figure depicts a moai. It depicts the head and torso with the arms to the sides and without legs. The large head is squared and flattened. There is a raised rectangle between the hands.

There are two human faces with long projections under the chin that are incised on the back of the head. There is a circle at the middle back, with a "V" above it and three arches below. The "Y" is incised below the arches with a circle on either side.