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."
Ex Weinstein de Garcia Estate. Acquired in 70's.; Ex Villacreses Collection, Ca
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."
Ex A. Weinstein de Garcia. Acquired in 70's.; Ex Villacreses Collection, Ca
Cobre Del Antiguo Peru / The Copper of Ancient Peru
A comprehensive source on Pre-Columbian Peruvian copper. Highly sought after by specialist
Large hardcover 9.5” by 12” coffee table book. Offers a brilliant display of objects
that have been chosen from premiere collections by well established authors to be
artistic and informative, as well as representative of the important place that copper
holds in Peruvian history. The work illustrates the sophisticated techniques and
rich symbolism of the Pre-Columbian Peruvian copper in a beautiful hardbound volume
with exquisite photography. Excellent material analysts on Copper but also includes
Gold and Silver.
Paloma Carcedo Muro; José Antonio de Lavalle Vargas; Rosario de Lavalle de Cárdenas
This is an oversized heavy book.
596 pp.; 207 color plates, interior glossary paper coating, index, biblio.. Text
in Spanish and English. 1998. Cloth 23x30.5 cm.
Depicted on the dust jacket is the most feared Moche deity which goes by the name
of Decapitator God. Mylar protector.