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Abstract

For most of the world the knowledge of Easter Island is still associated with the famous Norwegian traveler Thor Heyerdahl, whose expeditions and books aroused much interest in the Island in the second part of the 20th century. However, in the very same year as Heyerdahl's birth, 1914, a small book, The Art of Easter Island, was printed in St. Petersburg, Russia. This book was undoubtedly the first on the subject, with the author's scientific interests closely linked to the particular qualities of Easter Island art, and seen through the eyes of the new art of the time.

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