Double-headed female figure (moai aringa)

Double-headed female figure (moai aringa)
Easter Island, 19th century
Wood, bird bone, obsidian
Gift of the Faith-Dorian and Martin Wright family, New York
to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Douglas Newton

The double-headed figure represents the spirits of the ancestors, which are all- knowing. These supernatural beings, simultaneously male and female, see back into the past and forward into the future.