Sep 30, 2020
Sep 30, 2020

Gorget (Rei Miro)

Gorget (Rei Miro)

1800s

Wood

Overall: 30.8 x 69.8 cm (12 1/8 x 27 1/2 in.)

The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson Milliken 1961.406

Location

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Chiefly women of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) wore crescent-shaped gorgets like this one.

Description

Elegant, crescent-shaped gorgets or chest ornaments known as rei miro (“necklace of wood”) were generally worn by chiefly women of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The abstracted forms at the tips of this example replace the human heads that are more typical.

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