14 November 2023

I bought the carved volcanic rock Moai statue from Easter Island in 1976 or 1977 at the Spring Valley Swap Meet 6377 Quarry Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977, from an older woman, who stated that it was an authentic figure from eastern Island found buried by a construction company that was later given to her, then she should me the note on the back of the ancestral Figure which stated: “ANCESTRIAL FIGURE FROM EASTER ISLAND GIVEN ME BY Robt C SUGGS who wrote. The island civilization of Polynesia. (At Scripps Institute)”; On August 4th, 2009 5:37 pm I e-mailed Dr. Robert C. Suggs (1932-2021), with pictures of the Ancestral Figure from Eastern Island requesting information; Since he did not respond to my e-mail I called him on August 7th, 2009 4:00pm; He stated that he had not given anyone an Eastern Island artifact and had not visited Eastern Island until the 1980s. Note: This is not a tourist trinket; It is different from all Moai statues; The Moai found buried and carved from Volcanic Tuff rock.


Height: 8 inches Length: 5 inches Width: 3 inches

Acquired from
Flea Market
For sale
Answered within about 12 hours
By David U.
Nov 14, 13:14 UTC
Fair Market Value
$200 - $400 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
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Hello Jesus,

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Based on the images and information you provided, this item is:

A carved Moai sculpture. The carved Moai sculpture is a mesmerizing representation of the iconic stone statues of Easter Island, known as Moai. Carved from the volcanic rock of Rano Raraku, this sculpture captures the essence of the ancient Polynesian culture that created these monumental figures. The stone has a distinctive weightiness, a tactile reminder of the rugged natural material from which it was carved.

Standing at a height of approximately 8 inches, the Moai sculpture boasts intricate details reflective of the masterful craftsmanship of the Rapa Nui people. The solemn and stoic facial features, characterized by prominent noses, elongated ears, and deeply set eyes, are emblematic of the distinctive Moai style. The absence of arms further emphasizes the focus on the facial expressions and spiritual significance of the sculpture.

The acquisition of this carved Moai sculpture brings a piece of Easter Island's history and culture to its current setting. The lack of specific artist signatures is not uncommon in these ancient works, as the Moai were generally created by the Rapa Nui community as a collective effort. Each sculpture, is a unique representation of the ancestral reverence and spiritual beliefs of the Rapa Nui people.

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