moai, easter island head
The colossal originals stand on the Easter Island Rapa Nui, which is located in the Polynesian Southeast Pacific, and are part of large ceremonial complexes.
Despite extensive research, the actual purpose of the statues and the exact time of their construction are disputed. Today it is assumed that the Moai are famous chiefs or revered ancestors, and that they are by no means older than 1500 years.
Most of the nearly 900 statues found were mostly made of soft tuff stone on the slopes of Rano Rarku. The size of the statues is between 2 and almost 22 meters.
The appearance of the moai is mainly characterized by the oversized head, deep-lying eye sockets, a large carefully formed nose and a wide forward chin.