Sculpture 9

Hoa Hakananai’a

Hoa Hakananai’a

The famous thousand-year-old Easter Island statue Hoa Hakananai’a in the British Museum.
Taken from Rapa Nui in 1868 and acquired by the museum the next year.
The carvings on the back (not shown) were added later to the statue while it was in situ.
Standing nearly two and a half metres high Hoa Hakananai’a dominates Room 24, dedicated to the theme Living and Dying.

A transcript of the BBC radio broadcast on this object in its series A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Vista 1

tower vista

Vista of St Paul’s tower, Bristol, from Cabot Circus shopping complex.

This is one of several vistas created at the 21st-century Cabot Circus, using architectural features to frame architecture from an earlier period.

This looks towards the Georgian district of St Pauls, Bristol, with its refurbished terraces and redundant church, known locally as the ‘wedding cake church’ and reminiscent of a pagoda.