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Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Polynesian
Creator Name-CRT: Necker Island people
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 1099
Creation Date: 7th-11th century
Creation Place: Necker Island
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Vesicular basalt
Dimensions: H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1976.194
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1976
This enigmatic head and torso is one of a group of eleven stone figures discovered in 1894 on Necker Island, a barren outcrop of rock 300 miles northwest of the Hawai'ian islands. Necker was once inhabited by Polynesian settlers who built temple platforms and carved stone figures from the local basaltic rock, but the island was abandoned several centuries prior to European contact. Therefore, the precise identity and function of the Necker Island figures, which may date from about 1000 C.E., is unknown. Because they were found in association with temple platforms, it is likely that the figures are images of gods or deified ancestors that were used during religious ceremonies.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1976.194
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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