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Tangata Manu

a.k.a. Easter Island Birdman

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Physical Characteristics
Material Ceramic
Dimensions 10" x 2.5"
(25.4cm x 6.4cm)
Capacity 8 fl. oz.
Optimal drink size 3.6 fl. oz. (plus ice)
Decorative Characteristics
Imagery Animal
Marking "2017 SWZ " and number of edition on bottom.
In the Collection of:
688 mugs
Member since Nov 14, 2007
Price paid  $?
Tags  rat
A section of the front of the foot broke off on this one and even though the repair job i did on it worked quite well, in order to hide the flaw as best as possible i added a silk hibiscus flower to the base to help cover it up.
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From Swizzle, a Manufacturer
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Designed by Swizzle
Produced in 2017
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This is a mug shaped like an Easter Island Birdman. One of the most famous motifs on Easter Island is that of the Birdman, a therianthropic figure, half man and half bird. Over time, Moai statue making appears to have ceased, and the birdman cult came into being, reflecting a change from ancestor worship to a religion based around a new warrior class. Those who won the birdman contest were imbued with status and spiritual authority able to act as intermediaries to the spirit realm. 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.
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