Ceremonial Knife (Tumi), Gold, silver, turquoise, Lambayeque (Sicán)

Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

Date:
A.D. 900–1100
Geography:
Peru, North Coast
Culture:
Lambayeque (Sicán)
Medium:
Gold, silver, turquoise
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/4 × W. 6 1/4 × D. 1 5/8 in. (36.2 × 15.9 × 4.1 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Implements
Credit Line:
Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1974, 1977
Accession Number:
1974.271.60
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
Around A.D. 1000, high-status tombs were constructed at Batán Grande, a site now called the Sicán Archaeological Precinct, where a single burial could include as many as five masks: one attached to the head and the others stacked at the feet. The shape of the eyes is characteristic of the Sicán deity, also shown atop the ceremonial knife (tumi).


Alrededor del año 1000 d. C. se construyeron tumbas para personajes de alto rango en Batán Grande, un sitio hoy llamado Complejo Arqueológico de Sicán. Allí eran sepultados, junto con diversos objetos de gran valor, los nobles de la sociedad Lambayeque, en monumentales plataformas de adobe. La forma de los ojos es característica de la deidad de Sicán, también representada en la parte superior del cuchillo ceremonial (tumi).
English engineer, late 1930s–ca. 1969; [Walter Randel Gallery, New York, ca.1969]; Alice K. Bache, New York, 1969–1977 (partial gift from 1974)

Pimentel, Victor, ed. Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Feb. 2–June 16, 2013. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2013, no. 88, pp. 103, 350.

Pillsbury, Joanne, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter, eds. Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017, no. 64, p. 167.

Doyle, James. "Sharpening Ceremony and Ritual: The Beautiful Blades of Golden Kingdoms." In Now at The Met. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018, fig. 1, https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2018/golden-kingdoms-beautiful-blades.