SET OF FOUR ANCIENT COPPER SURGICAL KNIVES (TUMI) FROM PRE-COLUMBIAN
SOUTH AMERICA ONE WITH ANTHROPOMORPHIC DESIGN
A.D. - 1100 A.D.
is a spectacular set of FOUR ancient copper surgical knives called TUMI from the ancient Pre-Columbian Indians of South America, most
likely from the Moche or Lambayeque Cultures, judging from the shape and
advanced mineral patina and encrustations on one of the knives.
Knives like these were used in both ancient surgery such as skull
trepanation where an opening was cut in the skull of a living person as
a form of medical treatment. There is one that has repair but is a
very rare one with an anthropomorphic bird design and suspension loop at
the top. The purpose of this kind of tumi is still a mystery
because the ends are always blunt like a hammer. Perhaps the
crescent blade knives were used to make the cranium cuts and the blunt
one was used to knock the cut portion of the skull free from the skull
when all cuts were made. Tumi of this type were also used in
ritual sacrifices. Many ancient human skulls have been noted in
science from this region whereby surgical cuts were made with tumi
knives and in many instances, the patient lived and the wound healed.
It is unknown why such practices were performed.
of these specimens are in superb preservation and classic
examples of this unique ancient surgical and sacrificial knife type,
unique to this region of the ancient world. Each has heavy copper mineral encrustation with vivid and
heavy colors and deposits. These deposits also include patches of
original cloth fibers on the surface. This set is
not only an exquisite example for any Pre-Columbian weapon or artifact
collection but would also make a most memorable gift for any physician
or someone in the medical field who appreciates ancient history.
The frame they are in is custom made and designed to hang these on a
wall or be left on a shelf.
All examples are INTACT
with the exception of the one fancy specimen having the repaired crack
below the pendant bail. No active bronze disease.
Bronze disease can be a problem in bronze artifacts and untreated, it
can literally eat away an artifact over a short time of a matter of
years and turn the piece to powder.
There is an ALARMING number of fake ancient
bronze and iron artifacts on the market. As fine quality intact, original
specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more
sophisticated to fake these artifacts. We have personally handled
numerous extremely well-done fakes
with extremely convincing patinas. The degree to which the
fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work
requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.
Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market. Deal only
with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered
pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no
conditions or expiration period. Paleo Direct includes
this guarantee in writing with every item we sell. All purchases should
include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with
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SUPERB COLLECTION OF THE MAJOR TYPES OF SURGICAL CEREMONIAL TUMI USED IN
THIS ENIGMATIC AND MYSTERIOUS ANCIENT CULTURE
6" and two at 4.25" in length each
INCLUDES CUSTOM WOOD AND GLASS FRAME
Actual Item - One Only