Thanks for all the previous C&Cís on my Charlie, Fire and Rapa Nui uploads. Lots of helpful comments to be sure.
Just seeing how these look from a different perspective and in B&W (that some of you so helpfully suggested) as opposed the cyanotype I used before LINK
This is the Grande 15 Moai (pronounced: MO-EYE) from Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island or Rapa Nui as the Islanders call it.
These were carved between mostly between 1250 and 1500 as memorials to the leaders who died, so in a way they are gravestones.
The Kings bones were buried under the platforms and the Moai are carvings (out of the lava from the volcano) of the deceased Kings. They always faced inland looking over the clan. It was believed the spirits of the dead stayed with the clan. They did not fly off to some faraway heaven.