Reimiro


Reimiro

A "reimiro" is a decorative crescent-shaped pectoral ornament once worn by the women of Easter Island. The name comes from the Rapanui "rei" 'stern' or 'prow' and "miro" 'boat'. Thus the crescent represents a Polynesian canoe.

Each side of the "reimiro" ended in a human head. The outer, display side had two small pierced bumps through which a cord was strung for hanging it. The inner side contained a cavity that was filled with chalk made from powdered seashells.

A "reimiro" provides the image of the Flag of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). It also appears to feature in the is preserved with a long rongorongo text.

Although the human heads on the "reimiro" are unique to Easter Island, the pectoral itself is part of a wider tradition. In the Solomon Islands, for example, women wear shell pectorals which resemble "reimiro."

Gallery

External links

* [http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/online_modules/wielgus/polynesia/polynesia39.html A "reimiro" at the Indiana University Art Museum]

References

* Chauvet, Stéphen-Charles. 1935. "L'île de Pâques et ses mystères" ("Easter Island and its Mysteries"). Paris: Éditions Tel. (An online English version translated by Ann Altman and edited by Shawn McLaughlin is available [http://www.chauvet-translation.com/index.htm www.chauvet-translation.com here] .)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rongo rongo — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Símbolos Rongo rongo Se conoce con el nombre de rongo rongo a un supuesto sistema de escritura tallado con ‘puntas de obsidiana o dientes de tiburón’, en su mayoría sobre las tablillas de madera. Los habitantes de la …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rongorongo text L — Text L of the rongorongo corpus, also known as (London) reimiro 2, is the smaller of two inscribed reimiro in London and one of two dozen surviving rongorongo texts.Other namesL is the standard designation, from Barthel (1958). Fischer (1997)… …   Wikipedia

  • Rongorongo text J — Text J of the rongorongo corpus, also known as (London) reimiro 1, is the larger of two inscribed reimiro in London and one of two dozen surviving rongorongo texts.Other namesJ is the standard designation, from Barthel (1958). Fischer (1997)… …   Wikipedia

  • Rongorongo — Infobox Writing system name = Rongorongo type = Undeciphered time = Time of creation unknown, most tablets lost or destroyed in the 1860s languages = Assumed to be Rapanui sample = Rongorongo Qr3 7 color.jpg iso15924 = RoroRongorongo… …   Wikipedia

  • Rongo-Rongo — Une des premières tablettes trouvées au XIXe siècle. Rongo rongo est le nom donné à un système de signes gravés sur bois qui pourraient constituer soit une écriture, soit un moyen mnémotechnique pour des récitations de mythes ou de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rongo-rongo — Une des premières tablettes trouvées au XIXe siècle. Rongo rongo est le nom donné à un système de signes gravés sur bois qui pourraient constituer une écriture. Découvertes sur l Île de Pâques en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rongorongo — Rongo Rongo Une des premières tablettes trouvées au XIXe siècle. Rongo rongo est le nom donné à un système de signes gravés sur bois qui pourraient constituer une écriture. Découvertes sur l Île de Pâques en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Easter Island — For the album by Kris Kristofferson, see Easter Island (album). Rapa Nui redirects here. For other uses, see Rapa Nui (disambiguation). Coordinates: 27°7′S 109°22′W /  …   Wikipedia

  • Decipherment of rongorongo — Tablet B Aruku kurenga, verso. One of four texts which provided the Jaussen list, the first attempt at decipherment. Made of Pacific rosewood, mid nineteenth century, Easter Island. (Collection of the SS.CC., Rome) There have been numerous… …   Wikipedia

  • Bandera de Isla de Pascua — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bandera de Isla de Pascua …   Wikipedia Español


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.