"Return of the Birdman"
Oil on canvas (diptych) 120 x 80 cm , 47.3 x 31.5 in
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Oil on high quality linen canvas.
From a series of paintings "Wonders of the World"
The return of the birdman ! One of the most famous motifs on Easter Island is that of the Birdman, a therianthropic figure, half man and half bird, connected to cult events at the sacred site of Orongo.
The most sacred area at Orongo is called Mata Ngarau, where priests chanted and prayed for success in the annual egg hunt.The purpose of the birdman contest was to obtain the first egg of the season from the offshore islet Motu Nui. Contestants descended the sheer cliffs of Orongo and swam to Motu Nui where they awaited the coming of the birds. Having procured an egg, the contestant swam back and presented it to his sponsor, who then was declared birdman for that year, an important status position.
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