Pre-Columbian Inca Tumi - 2 Deers Mating
Ancient Pre-Columbian Bronze Tumi, Inca culture, ca. 1300 - 1500 A.D. Solid bronze chisel-type ceremonial knife with two deers atop in mating stance (the dominant stag appears to really be enjoying himself, as evidenced by an almost smiling profile). The top finial portion terminates in a chisel, making it a very efficient tool for human sacrifice. Chisel-type blades are considerably narrower than those of traditional crescent-shaped tumi blades, suggesting that they may have been used during specific sacrificial activities, such as cutting arterial veins for collecting blood. Overall ecrustation/patina. 7"H x 1-1/2"W, including custom stand.
PROVENANCE: Ex-private Santa Fe, New Mexico Collection
Intact/in generally excellent condition.