Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pic(k) of the Week: 'Easter Island' Christmas

'Easter Island' Christmas

Unlike his Easter Island brethren, this Moai wears a Christmas hat.

As seen in Falls Church, Virginia, on 21 December 2008. Has he since enjoyed the longevity of his grander Rapa Nui kin?

  • Moai 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 three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna). The production and transportation of the more than 900 statues are considered remarkable creative and physical feats. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 33 feet high and weighed 90.4 tons. 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.
    Wikipedia (accessed 23 December 2017)

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • See the photo on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Canon PowerShot SD400.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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