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April 2015

Moai Hava arrives at the Manchester Museum

(31 March 2015)

Dr Colin Richards, Professor of World Prehistory, Archaeology, in the School of Arts, Language and Cultures, has helped develop the new exhibition Making Monuments on Rapa Nui: The Stone Sculptures of Easter Island at the Manchester Museum. The exhibition, which sheds new light on the impressive Moai Hava statues, is now open.

Moai Hava, meaning ‘dirty statue’ or ‘to be lost’, entered Manchester Museum in a five and a half hour operation. Cranes and other specialist lifting equipment were needed to get the statue, which stands 1.56 metres tall and weighs 3.3 tonnes, into the building. It is on loan from the British Museum.

The Moai are commonly known as the Easter Island Heads, monumental stone statues from Pacific island Rapa Nui. Moai Hava is one of only 14 Moai made from basalt and was made between AD 1100 and 1600.

The monumental stone statues of Pacific island Rapa Nui (named Easter Island by European explorers) are some of the most widely recognised and fascinating archaeological objects in the world. The exhibition runs until Sunday, 6 September, though Moai Hava will remain in the Museum entrance hall for a number of years.