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The object is located in national museum of archaeology in Lima - Perú
Story of the object
This is one of the most celebrated tumis. A work of art from goldsmithing. Crowned with an elaborate figure of set turquoises reminiscent of a hero named Naylamp. The Tumi, which means "knife" in Quechua, is one of the most famous pieces of pre-Columbian art. “It is a type of ceremonial knife used in ancient Peru, and according to most evidence it represents the main god or lord of the region, with its hierarchical attributes which some authors affirm is the legendary God Naylamp or Ñañlap, represented as an anthropomorphic being, attributed to the legend as founder of Lambayeque "
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Culture / Style: Sicán
Chronology: Found in 1936 during the huaqueo of Hipólito Granados, famous huaquero of the district of Illimo.
This unique object is 42 centimeters high, unique for its vacuum welding technique, and with its almost perfect finishes.
This in particular is believed to have belonged to a great lord of the Sican dynasty. The Tumi, was a surgical instrument used to perform cranial trephinations. It was first found in Lambayeque, Peru, in 1937 by the historian researcher Dr. Julio César Tello.
The archaeological results of trepanned skulls found in the Paracas and Nazca cultures, demonstrated that the cuts were made with flint knives and metal tumis.