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The solitary Moai standing on Ahu Ko Te Riku gives visitors a taste of what all the erected Moai on Easter Island would have originally looked like complete with ‘eyes’ and pukao (top knot). The moai at Ahu Ko Te Riku is the only statue on Easter Island that has eyes in place although the eyes were only replaced in the moai during restoration. In fact it wasn’t until 1979 that people discovered that the deep eye sockets carved into the moai were originally filled with eyeballs made from coral. Sergio Rapu Haoa is credited with having pieced together fragments of coral and obsidian found scattered around various ahu sites on the island to produce what he claimed to be moai eyes. This has been generally accepted as fact and previously unidentified coral fragments have now been catagorised as ‘eye’ fragments. It is believed that the eyes were only inserted into the sockets once the moai had been transported and erected on their ahu from the quarry at Rano Raraku. The staues on the quarry hillside would never have had eyes. This ties in with some traditional legends which say that the statues only came ‘alive’ when they stood on their ahus.
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