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Femme de l'isle de paques

Date: c 1780
Overall: 337 x 256 mm, 0.03 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00017959

User Terms

    Portrait engraving of a woman from Easter Island.
    SignificanceThe exploration of the Pacific Ocean during the eighteenth century uncovered many previously unknown civilisations, including that of Easter Island.
    HistoryEaster Island is an island in the Pacific located off the coast of Chile and is most famous for it moai (stone figures). On Easter Sunday 1722, Jacob Roggeveen discovered the island after being sent by the Dutch West India Company to find the southern land.

    Easter Island was originally settled by groups from surrounding Polynesian islands and a clear class structure was established with an ariki (king) wielding absolute power. The first ariki was believed to be Hotu Matu'a who came to the island sometime between 300AD and 1200AD.

    The European discovery of the island led to an increase in visitation and in 1777 Captain James Cook arrived the area. In 1838 French Admiral Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars documented that a majority of the moai had been toppled and in several cases the necks broken. By 1868 there were no standing moai's remaining, but restoration projects in the twentieth century have re-erected many of the statues on the island.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Femme de l'isle de Paques [Woman of Easter Island]

    Web title: Femme de l'isle de paques

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