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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

A Celebrated Polynesian Sculpture is Older than Previously Thought

Statue of A'a. Statue of A'a. Wikimedia Commons

Recent carbon-dating analysis has revealed that the British Museum’s beloved wooden sculpture of the Pacific god A’a is much older than originally thought. Glasgow’s Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center has determined that the work was created 250 years before the arrival of Europeans, not in the early-eighteenth or nineteenth century. The figure has inspired numerous Western artists, including Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, who both owned casts of the work.

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