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Easter Island delegation requests the return of iconic sculpture

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By ITN News Editor November 21, 2018 13:14

Easter Island delegation requests the return of iconic sculpture

A delegation from Chile’s Easter Island visited the British Museum on Tuesday (November 20) to formally request the return of a seven-feet-tall Moai Hoa Hakananai’a sculpture, one of the native Polynesians’ emblematic statues.The Hoa Hakananai’a was taken from the island, located 2,480 miles (3,990 km) west of the Chilean capital Santiago, in 1868 by Richard Powell, the captain of HMS Topaze, and presented it to Queen Victoria who passed it on to the British Museum.The seven-foot (2.13 m) tall basalt figure, known as “Hoa Hakananai’a,” meaning “lost or stolen friend” in the local language, was among 900 statues or “Moai,” meaning “ancestors,” carved by islanders between 1100 and 1600 A.D.The governor of Easter Island, Tarita Alarcon Rapu, said, “We are just a body. You, the British people, have our soul,” saying her grandmother who passed away at the age of 90 years, never had the chance to see her ancestor.The statue is one of many artefacts British explorers and dignitaries acquired from around the globe that are displayed in the British Museum.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 21, 2018 13:14

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