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"One last thing ..." Top 5 Page for this destination Easter Island Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Easter Island Things to Do: 305 reviews and 698 photos

by TheWanderingCamel

...before we leave Rano Raraku. The moai Tukuturi, situated halfway up the hill beside the path leading up to the crater rim, is quite different to the vast majority of the other statues on the island. After considerable study and fieldwork by archaeologists, it is now thought that this more realistic figure is the best preserved example on the island of the earliest forms of moai, dating as far back perhaps as the late 7th century.

With nearly 1000 moai scattered around the island, some very worn and/or damaged, it would take a huge amount of time and effort to see and compare them all, but for the really determined moai-fan, there is a similar one, albeit badly damaged, inside the crater at Rano Raraku and a rounded head has been incorpated into the seaward wall at Ahu Nau Nau on Anakena beach.

Whatever the age and whover carved it, Tukuturi has a character all its own, with its kneeling posture, rounded head and naturalistic proportions. To my eye, there is an implicit humility vested in it that is both more human and more haunting than any of the other statues.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2007
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