This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world.
www.davidrumsey.com/amica offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
- Cultures and time periods represented
range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
- Types of works include paintings, drawings,
watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs,
textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.
Gain access to this incredible resource through either a
monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from
your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute
details of the images. Visit www.davidrumsey.com/amica
for more information on the collection, click on the link below the
revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Polynesian
Creator Name-CRT: Rapa Nui people
Title: Male Figure
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1766
Creation End Date: 1833
Creation Date: late 18th-early 19th century
Creation Place: Rapa Nui
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood, bone, obsidian
Dimensions: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1984.526
Credit Line: Gift of Faith-Dorian and Martin Wright in honor of Livio Scamperle, 1984
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is best known for its monumental stone images, but the Polynesian sculptors of this remote island also created smaller, wooden figures. Among the rarest of these are the "moai tangata," stocky male figures with somewhat oversized heads, which may depict important human ancestors. Less than a dozen moai tangata are known to exist. Because much of Rapa Nui culture and religion was destroyed through slave raids and missionary activity in the 1860s, little is known of the precise nature or use of these enigmatic images. Wooden images were generally kept in the home, where they may have been used for private devotion. Some examples have holes at the back of their necks and may have been worn as pendants during harvest celebrations. The significance of the mythical creatures that appear in place of hair on the scalps of this and other wooden images is unknown.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1984.526
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at www.davidrumsey.com/amica/institution_subscribe.html c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.