Atop of this copper tumi sits one of the most important deities in the Moche pantheon,
the great god of creation - Ai Apaec. God of the sky and mountain. Precursor to the
Inca god Viracocha. Superb detailed casting. Fearsome warrior face with hair of snakes.
Both arms and legs finials also detailed showing open mouth serpents. Verdigris patina
throughout. Northwest Peru 1 - 700 AD.
Caption p. 518 "Moche, from the Loma Negra site. Copper ceremonial knife with a
cast complex on the upper part that represents an anthropozoomorphic figure with
serpents that climb on his shoulders and reach his head like a headdress and around
his ankles and feet the figure is soldered to the body of the knife that has also
made by casting. 19 x 6.5 cm."
A copy of this book will accompany the piece gratuitous.
Private Collection acquired in 70's.; Ex Villacreses Collection, Ca