Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)On Display

An artisan produced this knife at the height of the Middle Sicán period. On it, a god wears a turquoise-inlaid crown and jeweled ear spools, and holds a tumi in his hand. The Sicán associated this deity with life-giving water, the sun, and the moon. They produced objects like this knife for rituals and for burials of the most elite members of society.

  • 13 5/8 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (34.6 x 13.3 x 3.2 cm)
  • Museum purchase
  • 1964.100