10 Easter Island Statues facts

The Easter Island Statues have made experts and commoners wonder alike.

1. These statues are known as Moai and were carved by Rapa Nui people somewhere between 1250 CE and 1500 CE.

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2. At first it may appear that the statue heads make up the whole of the statues but archeologists decided to dig and found that full bodies were attached to the heads.

3. These statues are incredibly tall. The tallest complete statue that has been unearthed in 33 feet tall and weigh an incredible 82 tons.

4. Another statue was unearthed in incomplete state. As per scientific calculations, it would have measured 69 feet in height and 270 tons in weight had it been completed.

5. An incredible feature of all the statues is that they all have unusually large heads that measure about 3/8th of the total size of each statue.

The Easter Island Statues are all know for their distinguished facial characteristics. Broad and elongated nose, rectangular ears, strong chin and deep eye slits are the primary features of the faces of Moai.

7. The nostrils of the elongated noses have curls that look like fish hooks and all the heads have a distinguished heavy brow.

8. The statues have truncated necks which make the jaw lines stand out. All statues display heavy torso while some of them have subtly outlined clavicles.

9. The arms were carved to rest in various positions against the body with slender long fingers and hands resting along hips’ crests.

10. All statues unearthed only one was found to be in kneeling positing. The rest of the Moai did not have visible legs.

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The moai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style related to forms found throughout Polynesia. Moai are carved in relatively flat planes the faces bearing proud but enigmatic expressions.

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