This copper tumi is finalized with a detailed couple in a symbolic erotic scene.
One person is laying on top while the other resting on bottom platform, both facing
each other. The lower crescent shaped blade is flat and wide. Overall beautiful verdigris
patination. Northwest, Peru 1 - 700 AD.
Caption p. 520 "Moche. Ceremonial knife with cutting edge in the form of a half Moon
and decorated on the upper part with a symbolic erotic scene showing one figure on
top of another. Copper lost-wax technique. 16 X 10 cm."
A copy of this book will accompany the piece gratuitous.
Private Collection acquired in 70's.; Ex Villacreses Collection, Ca