Easter island carvings

Jul 06, 2020. 02:28 UTC
Easter Island carvings
United States of America


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These carvings were passed down to me from a cousin who was in the military in the late 50's and early 60's and stationed on Easter Island. He traded items with the local natives who made these carvings. Some of these were carved by the natives ancestors. He would trade soap, Coca Cola, MRE's, and other items from the cantina. They were apparently carved from the native wood that used to grow on the island. There has not been any trees on the island for quite a few years now. He collected 50-60 of these pieces over the 4 years he was stationed there. The 2 light colored carvings he said were very valuable as well as the one made out of the native rock. I dont know much about the 2 dark colored ones. The largest one is about 18 inches high. The smallest stone one is 6 inches high. None of the carvings have any markings on them as far as a name or artist. He said they didnt sign anything because they didn't look at it as a piece of art? Just something the natives did to pass time. It was not common for them to trade these. He befriended some of the natives and became close to some. This was one of the reasons for being able to collect so many of these from them.


Unknown except for the description I wrote on previous page.

Answered within about 7 hours
Jul 06, 09:15 UTC
By Georg

Fair Market Value

$0 - $40 USD

Insurance Value

$40 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Rick,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

The presented object appears to be a collection of modern period wood and stone carvings. One group depicts the so-called Moai from the Easter Island culture. The other group are two African ironwood carvings. All these pieces were made in the middle or second half of the 20th century.
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 0 to 40 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,

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