Very large copper Tumi


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Very large Tumi, made from a large copper plate.

Top-part is curved and hollow on the inside, with a wide trapezoidal shaft and a crescent-shaped cutting edge.

Price: € 1250,--

Size: 34 x 14 cm

Period: 900–1100 AD

Material: Copper

Provenance: Private museum Swiss 1960s - 1980s 

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  • Metallurgy was the primary medium for the expression of the power of Sicán rulers; vessels, headdresses, body adornments, funerary masks, and tumis were delicately made from arsenical copper.

    Tumis are ceremonial knives with semicircular blades. Known on the Peruvian coast since the third century B.C., they often appear in Moche iconography, where they are used to cut the throat of sacrificial victims. 

    Tumis were also recently found in situ in the tombs of high-status Moche and Sicán individuals.

    Sicán tumis such as this one were exquisitely crafted by skilled metallurgists mastering the techniques of repoussé, soldering, and filigree.