An outstanding decorated anthropomorphic blade. Made of copper in traditional Vicús
fashion. Symbolic in material, technique and form. Head is depicting the fierce god
- Ai Apec. Detail casting with shell embellishments for eyes and teeth. Heavily encrusted
verdigris patina with sparkling crystals. Another feature worth noting - there are
visible patterns of embedded feathers captured on one side of the blades surface.
North east coast, Peru ca. 400 B.C -500 A.D.
Measures: 4.75”/12 cm in length by 2.5”/6.35 cm in height
A similar Vicús gilded mask is housed at the Museo Chileno De Arte Precolombino,
No. MCHAP 0162
Other similar examples: Ref. Cobre Del Antiguo Peru, plates 151-154.