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There were several episodes that showed the huge statue foot and ankle on the island. Was the origin of said foot ever explained?

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The statue was of Tawaret, the Egyptian goddess of pregnancy and fertility. It was shown in flashbacks (in LaFleur and The Incident) before the Black Rock crashed into it in the 1800s (in Ab Aeterno).

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Its construction is never shown, but it was revealed in a podcast that it was built by ancient Egyptians.

There's more information on the Lost wiki.

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    Tawaret was a hippo goddess, and hippos only have four toes.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Jun 12 '16 at 11:08
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    I do wonder how the Ancient Egyptians found their way to the island with enough construction gear to achieve Tawaret's construction. The Egyptians had a decent Navy, but unless the island teleported directly into the Nile at some point... I dunno; this always seemed a little strange. Oct 24 '16 at 16:30
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit: Ice bears were teleported between the island and other places throughout the series. Who says the Ancient Egyptians arrived by boat? Oct 24 '16 at 20:16
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    @O.R.Mapper: The Dharma Initiative created the time machine by harnessing the island's EM. Who did that thousands of years ago? And how come the Egyptians happened to bring a ton of construction equipment along with them? An Egyptian construction crew and several tones of masonry stone is not a polar bear. Oct 24 '16 at 20:27

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