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Few things overtook my imagination as a child quite like the giant Moai statues of Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it is called by it's inhabitants.

The large, solemn, primitive sculptures carved of hardened volcanic ash and facing, curiously, inward from the sea. All I recall, of that first encounter with them in a library magazine, was that no one knew who built them or how they erected them. No one. It seemed almost magical to me that these monoliths would be there and ONLY upon this Island. Only in this repeated form.

Standing silent for all this time.

I knew of the stones of Stonehenge and the great pyramids of Egypt and these had, for years, been the source of many imaginary adventures. The statues of Moai would not follow suit in the same way. I imagined trees as my Moai. I made small ones. . . many of them. . . from tin foil (much to my mothers dismay) I set them on my windowsill and on my dresser.

They were, to me, too sacred. Too meaningful.

The watched over. . . everything.

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These miniature Moai are created with just that idea in mind. Little clay icons to watch over anything or anyone you desire. Bewilder and Pine is offering this grouping of three little Moai statues, each hand formed from premium polymer clay and hand-painted with acrylic paints.

The miniature Moai will come in their own little pouch with a card describing the mysteries of the Moai, their discovery and recent understanding of the statues.

While the actual Moai statues average around 13 feet in height and weigh 14 tons each, we decided to save a bit on materials and shipping and so, the miniature Moai offered here each measure between 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 inches high and average 1 1/4 inch wide.

The mini Moai that you will receive will vary a bit in coloring and form from order to order but will be very similar to the ones pictured. EACH one is hand-painted and hand formed! No two are exactly alike. :)

We can customize any number of Moai for your use. If you wish to purchase a larger or smaller number or larger statues, please let us know by convo and we can work out a price for you for your requests.

Thank you for looking and reading.

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A bit more on the meaning of the Moai

The statues origin dates to somewhere between the years, 1250 and 1500.

Archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg, who has studied the moai for many years, believes the statues may have been created in the image of various paramount chiefs. They were not individualized portrait sculptures, but standardized representations of powerful individuals.

The moai may also hold a sacred role in the life of the Rapa Nui, acting as ceremonial conduits for communication with the gods. According to Van Tilburg, their physical position between earth and sky puts them on both secular and sacred ground; secular in their representation of chief and their ability to physically prop up the sky, and sacred in their proximity to the heavenly gods.

Van Tilburg concludes, "The moai thus mediates between sky and earth, people and chiefs, and chiefs and gods."

(Text from Nova Online)

RESERVED for Shastri Akella - Miniature Moai - Easter Island Monoliths - Set of Three Handmade Miniature Icons Statues by Bewilder and Pine

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