In the Rogue One trailer, we see a scene on Jedha, with a gigantic statue fallen down to the ground, half covered in sand.

Statue in Sand

Who did the statue represent? Why was the statue originally sculpted, and why was it taken down? Was the character a member of the Jedi Order, or another Force cult? Was the statue destroyed prior to the establishment of the Empire and Order 66, or later? Who was it destroyed by?

In the comic book Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 8: The Dying Light Part 2, Master Jocasta Nu returned to the former Jedi Temple on Coruscant to rescue a holocron. She entered the Archives through a secret passage within a smaller version of the similar-looking statue.

Statue in Archives

Additionally, the same figure was repeated on the door of the passage.

Statue on Door

This event occurred around 19 BBY, which reveals us, the Jedi Order had transferred at least one of the statues from Jedha to Coruscant – assuming they were of the same origin. It also tells us, that they had left the bigger one lying on Jedha for a reason, since it was still on the moon in 0 BBY (and got destroyed). The condition of the smaller statue indicates it may have been as old as the big one still on Jedha, even though the Archives had gone through some serious devastation by the Empire and the Inquisitorius.

There were statues just alike on Ilum, too, as seen in the episode The Gathering of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.

Statue on Ilum

Thinking about what Ilum and Jedha had in common leads us to the Kyber crystals. Might that be a clue?

Also, in the second issue of The Rise of Kylo Ren comic book series, Luke Skywalker, Ben Solo, and Lor San Tekka visited a Jedi outpost on Elphrona. A couple of similar statues were standing in front of the site.

Jedi outpost on Elphrona

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    I seem to recall seeing this in the movie when I saw it in theaters. It simply looks like a Jedi, and it fell, likely due to age (possibly aided by Imperial forces or Imperial-leaning citizenry).
    – Jeff
    Jan 7, 2017 at 22:33
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    The novelisation doesn't have much to say "His captors stayed close around him, so close he couldn’t see much of the wasteland: just pale and freezing sun, low mountains that formed the borders of the valley, and the occasional crumbling monolith of one of Jedha’s great statues—a stern humanoid head with lips worn smooth over millennia, or a pair of broken legs embedded in the cracked and rusty valley floor. When the wind rose, loose wisps of long, dark hair drifted before his eyes."
    – Valorum
    Jan 7, 2017 at 23:04
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    Millennia seems to be the important word there. So a longer time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 7, 2017 at 23:37
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    If I remember, Bodhi Rook meets Saw's people next to this statue in the theatrical cut, but it's facing the opposite direction in that scene (left side is buried in the ground).
    – user33616
    Jan 7, 2017 at 23:54
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    Related: What is this a statue of?
    – TARS
    Oct 23, 2018 at 11:49

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According to the new canon book:

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills

This is likely one of a group of statues called "The Three Faces" (at least by former Guardians) which are old monuments related to the Jedi / various Force religion activity on Jedha.

Baze and Chirrut are taken into the Jedha wilderness and come across them

"What do you see?" he asked Baze

"The old monuments", Baze said. "The Three Faces."

"Tell me about them."

Baze grunted. "The desert has eaten at their features. One is a man, I think human. Another, I cannot tell, but from what remains of the body, perhaps a woman. The other species I do not know. Perhaps Duros, once upon a time, before the sand and the wind did their duty."

"Do they face us?"

"They surround us."


It is the remnants of an old Jedi temple that most likely fell to the ravages of time and looting long before the empire existed. This is exactly why the empire was there, to loot the old Jedi temples for kyber crystals to power the death stars weapon. They do show that exact fallen statue in rogue one it's just not as close up. I'm not sure if the statue represents a particular Jedi but I'm guessing it stood outside the temple as a symbolic guard probably with another one on the opposite side mirroring it.

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