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Easter Island Postcards and Picture Gallery


William Hodges, an artist who accompanied Captain Cook to Easter Island in 1774,
made these sketches of the local people. The man above wore a head-dress of grass and
feathers while the woman below wore a straw bonnet to protect her from the sun.
Both the man and the woman used perforation to elongate their earlobes.   


Right: The statue at Ahu Tahai has been restored and features the whitened eyes
with which the completed moai were originally decorated. This moai is believed to
be the oldest on the island dating back to AD 690 

A member of the 1914 expedition led by
Katharine Routledge poses next to one of the island's moai

Moai lie scattered along the quarry hillside.
Some lie on their backs, still tethered to the mountain by stone keels 

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