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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Carved male figure, moai kavakava, made of wood (Thespesia populnea), and bone.

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC early (before 1827)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43 centimetres
    • Width: 9 centimetres
    • Depth: 9.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 500 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Examined by Catherine Orliac in 2004 with a stereomicroscope, wood not identified.Identified as Thespesia populnea by Caroline Cartwright (BM Conservation and Scientific Research), March 2010.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2010 7 Jun – 14 Nov, Montreal, Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, Île de Pâques: Le Grand Voyage
    2015-2016 11 Dec-20 Mar, South Korea, Seoul Arts Centre, Human Image

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Collected on Easter Island by the donor in 1827.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc????D25.21 (old CDMS no.)
Carved male figure, moai kavakava, made of wood, shell.

Carved male figure, moai kavakava, made of wood, shell.

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