Recently, in an obscure archaeological journal it was revealed that there is a source carving that seemed to serve as the inspiration for the stone statues (Moai) of Easter Island (Rapa-Nui).
Archaeologist Dr. Samwise Ertogaster and his team from Cal-Sci seem to have recovered a Bas Relief carving of the local basalt that seems to resemble most of the statues around the island. He said, in the article, that “the carving is of very ancient origin and seems to predate the Moai.” The carving was found in a previously unexplored cavern, in a carved out niche, near the Rano Raraku quarry.
If true, this would be a remarkable discovery. He goes further in stating that it is possibly the visage of a founding chief. Dating the artifacts located in the vicinity reveals that the face was cut into the stone wall between CE 1030 and CE 1100. There is no way to be more certain.
Dr. Ertogaster also believes that this carving is the representation of one of the founding chiefs of the Easter island culture. “He obviously was a very influential chief”, says Dr. Ertogaster. “His mana must have been very strong as his carven face seemingly resembles no less than ten of the statues.”
There are strong resemblances to feature of other statues as well. The chief apparently lent his ‘long ears’ as well as his thin lipped frown to the majority of the statues as the motif for those that followed. As well, the thickness of his neck appears to be the basis for thick bodies of the statues. We should note also, his lengthy and bulbous nose.
At any rate, if this find is a true template for the statues, it is another piece in the mystery that was the civilization of this Polynesian offshoot.