20090317 Rapa Nui to Santiago

Out last day on Easter Island, it was beautiful. And we're only there until noon! After checking in to the flight back to Santiago, we went to the local museum.


Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Hotel Explora Rapa Nui. For comparison to the night photos from last night.



180 degree view of Explora Rapa Nui.



180 degree view of Explora Rapa Nui.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 35.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
KOHAU RONGO-RONGO

Replica; Collection of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. acquired by Commander Gana in 1870, this tablet is called MU'A AU MINGO ATA'I HOA AU and known also as the Little Tablet of Santiago. It has 16 lines (8 on each side), and a total of 720 symbols.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 35.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Overexposed image of the Little Tabled of Santiago, more clearly shows the hieroglyphs.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 24.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
IGA with RONGO-RONGO inscriptions

Toromiro Wood (Sophora toromiro); Collection of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. Demonstrating that RONGO-RONGO characters were not only inscribed on tablets, this fish has 10 lines (6 on one side and 4 on the other) and 229 symbols. The type of symbols carved here represent a more geometric style of writing, which is distinct from RONGO-RONGO and called MAMA according to some linguists.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 48.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
KOHAU RONGO-RONGO (left)

Replica; Collection of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. acquired by Commander Gana in 1870, this tablet is known as the Large Tablet of Santiago. It has 24 lines (12 on each side), and a total of 1600 symbols.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 48.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
KOHAU RONGO-RONGO (right)

Replica; Collection of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. acquired by Commander Gana in 1870, this tablet is known as the Large Tablet of Santiago. It has 24 lines (12 on each side), and a total of 1600 symbols.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 43.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
MOAI ARINGA ERUA

Toromiro wood, fishbone and obsidian. Collection of the Museo de Historia Natural, Concepcion.

this two-faced figure was acquired by Policarpo Toro around 1870. As in the rest of Polynesia, wooden figures, that for their owners were once sacred, bacome gods for exchange with visitors.

Pierre Loti, who visited Easter Island in 1872, describes the process of negotiation as follows: "All were disposed to give me idols, maces or spears in exchange for clothes or objects that appealed to them. In order to barter I am now left with none of the contents of my pockets: my handkerchief, my matches, my paper or my pencil."

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 21.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
MOAI KAVA-KAVA

Wood, fishbone and obsidian. Collection of the Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, donated by Mr Livio Scamperle.

According to traditional stories, King Tu'u Koihu was the first man who engraved this kind of figures. His inspiration came when he was walking around the island and saw two spirits or Aku Aku sleeping in the Puna Pau quarry. From this vision he made the typical characteristics of the cut carved of the Moai Kava Kava, such as: projecting ribs and column; big eyebrows; eye represented by fish vertebra and obsidian; aquiline nose and long ears; long and thin arms; male genital organ.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
MOAI KAVA-KAVA

Wood, with fish bone and obsidian. Collection of the Museo de Historia Natural de Concepcion. Perhaps the best known of the different types of wooden figures carved on Rapa Nio, the MOAI KAVA-KAVA may have represented spirits of ghosts (AKU-AKU), as well as deceased ancestors.

The MOAI KAVA-KAVA were exhibited publicly in religious and communitity ceremonies, bestowing presteige on their owners. Similarily while they were stored away, they were carefully wrapped in TAPA or vegetal cloth.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 20.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
MOAI TANGATA

Wood, with fish bone and obsidian. Collection of the Museo Antroploogico P. Sebastian Englert. In addition to the MOAI KAVA-KAVA, other wooden figures were found on Rapa Nui representing human and animal forms, and combinations of both.

Despite the abscence of carved masculine sexual features, the figure belongs to a traditional design known as MOAI TANGATA (mscaulie figure), in which the body is represented in a much more realistic form than in the MOAI KAVA-KAVA.

The introduction of metal tools for carving occurred after the exchanges with sailors began. In the photograph, taken around 1930, one sees Juan Tepano carving with a kauteki (chisel) with a metal block.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
MOAI TANGATA

Wood, with fish bone and obsidian. Collection of the Museo Antroploogico P. Sebastian Englert, donated by Sr. Livio. The creative freedom of the varves was very likely stimulated by the presence of travelers who wanted to take an unusual or exotic souvenir back to their homes.

This demand led to the rise of designs that deviated from the original, emphasing of softening aspects of the original figures. In the case of this piece, the presence of a pugao or topknow differentiates it from the typical MOAI TANGATA.

Text from the museum guide.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 17.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
Three wooden moai carvings.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 53.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Boats in the Hanga Roa harbor. Portrait orientation emphasizes that there are a lot of boats.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 53.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100
Boats in the Hanga Roa harbor. Landscape orientation just doesn't work here. To get all the boats in the picture, a low angle needed to be used, which compressed the further boats into a small space.



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