Chimu Bronze Tumi with Warrior Decapitating Prisoner
A Pre-Columbian Inca copper alloy (bronze) ceremonial knife, a Tumi, with a broad blade, the handle terminating with a warrior wearing a conical headdress decapitating a prisoner with a Tumi.
Ca. 1900-1350 AD.
The Chimu culture succeeded Moche culture on the north coast of Peru. Their capital was the city of Chan Chan. They had a highly developed pottery and metalwork industry. They were conquered by the Inca shortly before the Spanish arrival.
Formerly in a New York private collection.