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Pre-Columbian Rattle Tumi

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Seller: arteantico111 (295) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162290412865 PRE-COLUMBIAN MOCHE/CHIMU RATTLE TUMI Country: PeruPeriod: 800 - 1200 A.D.Size: 11-1/2" (29 cm) H x 4-1/4" (11 cm) W (at blade) Description: A large rattle type copper tumi ceremonial septers witha hollow rattle handle and tumi crescent type blade. Features overallblue-green surface patina and low relief linear dot pattern decoration onthe handle. Provenance: Ex. Freeman Collection, acquired 1960s; presently private collection, NYC The Tumi is a sacrificial ceremonial axe distinctly characterized by a semi-circular blade, made of either bronze, copper, gold-alloy, wood, or silver alloy usually made of one piece and used by some Inca and pre-Inca cultures in the Peruvian Coastal Region. In Andean mythology, the Moche, Chimu and Incas were descendants of the Sun, which had to be worshiped annually with an extravagant celebration. The festival took place at the end of the potato and maize harvest in order to thank the Sun for the abundant crops or to ask for better crops during the next season. During this important religious ceremony, the High Priest would sacrifice a completely black or white llama. Using a tumi, he would open the animal's chest and with his hands pull out its throbbing heart, lungs and viscera, so that observing those elements he could foretell the future. Later, the animal and its parts were completely incinerated.Other Andean cultures such as the Paracas have used the tumi for the neurological procedure of skull trepanation. Many of these operations were carefully performed, suggesting that the surgery was done for the relief of some body disturbance other than that associated with injury, perhaps an organic or mental condition.Tumi were produced for ritual use and for burials of elite members of society. In Peru, to hang a tumi on a wall means good luck. The tumi is the national symbol of Peru and has become a symbol used in Peruvian tourism publicity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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