Moche Bronze Tumi

A large Pre-Columbian Moche bronze tumi.

Peru, north coast.
Ca. 1100 - 1300 AD.
Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm).

The Tumi (ceremonial knife) would have been carried by dynastic rulers of Peru during state ceremonies to represent, in a more precious form, the copper knives used for animal sacrifices.

Formerly in a California private collection.
Inv#: 8573
Guaranteed Authentic


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