This human figure is made of miro pupu (acacia) wood and was sculpted by Juan Tepano Huki (1866–1947) in the early 20th century. Tepano was a master sculptor who made unique creations that he called maru-uru (masks). His work marked a renaissance in Rapa Nui art. Well educated and highly respected by his people, Tepano also became a leading political figure. In 1902, the Government of Chile appointed him Chief and Administrator of Laws of the island territory.