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In 1868, Hoa Hakananai'a was 'discovered' on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Polynesia. Shipped to England on board HMS Topaze, it was presented by Queen Victoria to the British Museum. One of only 10 statues known to have been carved in basalt, it fits the design canon of nearly 1,000 others (called moai) - all carved of consolidated volcanic ash in a single quarry beginning c. ...more
Paperback, British Museum Objects In Focus series, 64 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by British Museum Press
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Oct 22, 2014 Barry Wiley rated it 5 of 5 stars
I found myself standing in front of Hoa Hakanania at the British Museum a week ago wishing I had already read the book which was on sale for 5 pounds. The story is well told and very well illustrated ... and filled with the subtle mystery of place and time. It is the presence of Hoa Hakanania that is so compelling even in the noise of a bustling modern museum, right across from a gift shop. I am researching the history of the Pacific Islands as background for a novel set in 1897, so this was a m ...more