Illustrations of Artifact Categories Subject to U.S. Import Restriction
Peru - Metal Knives
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Metal Knives
Type of Object: Weapon
Material: Metal
Measurements: Various
Date or Period: Pre-Columbian
Maker: Pre-Columbian
Designated List Category: IIF Metal Knives
Date of Import Restriction: 06/11/1997
Photograph: National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru
Copyright : National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru
 
Description of Designated List Category Subject to Import Restrictions:
Knives vary depending on their provenance. They can have little or no decoration and can be of different metals or made of two metals. The best known are the tumis from the Sican culture, which have a straight or trapezoidal handle and a half-moon blade. The solid handle may have carved or stamped designs. Generally they are made of gold, silver, or copper. In ceremonial examples, the blade and upper part may depict an human figure standing or seated, or simply a face or mask with an elaborate headdress, earspools, and inset semi-precious stones. Tumi handles can be triangular, rectangular, or trapezoidal, and blades can be ovaloid or shaped like a half moon.
Keywords:
ceremonial object, copper, gold, knife, Pre-Columbian Metals, Sican, silver,

 


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