A moai, one of the famed, giant stone statues of human figures on Easter Island. Depicted as a gray stone carving of a stylized human head with a prominent brow and nose, most often facing left.
Sometimes used for various idiosyncratic purposes, such as conveying a stoic, deadpan, or silly expression.
Its official Unicode name of Moyai and inclusion in early Japanese emoji sets, such as from au by KDDI, suggest the emoji may represent the Moyai Statue near Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan; previous designs from Google and Microsoft resemble the Tokyo statue. Other Tokyo landmarks are represented in 🗼 Tokyo Tower and, formerly, Shibuya 109.
Moai was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 under the name “Moyai” and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.