Inca Bronze Tumi with Condor Talon
A Pre-Columbian Inca copper alloy (bronze) ceremonial knife, a Tumi, with a broad blade, the handle terminating in a scaled condor talon.
Ca. 1300-1500 AD.
Inca civilization arose in the Andean highlands of Peru in the early 13th century. By the 16th century, the Inca Empire was the largest empire in the New World. Their capital was at Cuzco in Peru. Despite their wealth, large population, and strong administrative organization the Incas were rapidly conquered by the Spanish by 1572.
cf. for a very similar example, Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1987.394.411.
Formerly in a New York private collection.