Miniature Sacrifiical Knife (Tumi).
19th c Pre-Columbian: Andean Chimu Jewelry
(active Late Intermediate c. 1000 - 1450)
Peru. South America.
Hayward CA. CSU East Bay Art Gallery.
"This miniature pendant would have been worn as Christians often wear a Cross. The design continues many of the traditional features of oldest Tumi, but this time with Chavin fangs. Beside his arms are two wings indicating his divinity, and probably his capacity to fly as a shaman. The teardrop shape of the eyes also is thought to suggest flight, and are sometimes called ìwinged eyes.î There is some reason to think the ìSican Lordî being represented here is the semi-divine culture hero who was considered the founder of Sican society and its Chimu descendents, an individual named Naylamp who emerged from the sea. In this mythology we have another example of the unification of a sky element and a water element. The general design of this object is quite old, and has been fingered a good deal, but it could have been made in recent centuries."
CHIMU| Miniature Sacrifiical Knife (Tumi). | c. 1800-1900 | Peru | Chimu | Institute for Aesthetic Development. Brentwood CA. Text copyright-Lanier Graham | glob5-103