Sculpture 9: Hoa Hakananai’a

Hoa Hakananai’a
Hoa Hakananai’a

The famous thousand-year-old Easter Island statue Hoa Hakananai’a in the British Museum.

It was 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.

Post originally published July 24th, 2013

Update: this week, according to news reports, a delegation is travelling from Rapa Nui (as Easter Island should be called) to request the state’s return.

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


Several Snape

Snape Maltings 5/5: detail of mast, sail and rigging on a wherry moored by Snape Maltings: “A wherry is a type of boat that was traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England, and is particularly associated with the River Thames and also with the Broadland rivers of Norfolk and Suffolk.” Continue reading “Several Snape”

Landscape · Sculpture

Landscape figures

Barbara Hepworth: The Family of Man (1970)

Snape Maltings 1/5: a Barbara Hepworth sculpture on public view by salt marshes in Essex

According to the Snape Maltings websiteThe Family of Man is an unfinished sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, which was created in the early 70s and unfinished at the time of the artist’s death. The complete sculpture is actually made up of 9 individual pieces. Two sets of the sculpture were cast; a complete set can be seen in the Yorkshire Sculture Park, the remaining set being broken up into smaller groups. One of these smaller groupings is in Wakefield, the other is here at Snape Maltings on permanent loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum [Cambridge].”