Hoa Hakananai’a

We took Hoa Hakananai’a as our object of focus on Day 2 of The Small Museum. We were really fascinated by his original setting, he would have been buried up to the shoulders (for a while we had him in a make-shift housing) and would have been listening to the constant sound of waves crashing on the rocks of Easter Island.

Luke found a sound file of waves crashing on Easter Island, and Tom recorded the ambient noise that Hoa hears now he is in Room 24 of the British Museum. And using NFC stickers you could play the two different recordings.

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Interesting…

Hoa Hakananai’a would have stood with other giant stone companions, their backs to the sea, keeping watch over Easter island.

What do the waves at Easter Island sound like?

Cybergenic made this recording and published it on Freesound under a Creative Commons 0 License in 2011.

The view from Orongo out to sea.  Picture taken January 2004, published on Wikipedia by American, licensed as CC BY-SA 3.0. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orongo#/media/File:Orongomotus.jpg

The view from Orongo, where Hoa Hakananai’a stood, out to sea. Picture taken January 2004, published on Wikipedia by American, licensed as CC BY-SA 3.0. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orongo#/media/File:Orongomotus.jpg

Location

From Easter Island, Polynesia, probably made in Rano Kao, and found in Orongo

Currently displayed in Room 24, Ground Floor, British Museum

Dates

Created in about 1200 AD
Acquired by the British Museum in 1869

Materials

Stone, coral and basalt

Dimensions

Height: 2.42 m
Width: 96 cm
Diameter: 47 cm

More information

British Museum’s Highlights page
British Museum’s Collections Online page
Post on 70s Sci-Fi Art Tumblr

Label text

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3D print

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Image credits

Top two images © Trustees of the British Museum

Let us know if you spot any clangers.

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