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Pair of Ceremonial Chimu Copper anthropomorphic, zoomorphic Tumis. 850 - 1450 A.D. Collection of Robert Sheridan. Very detailed, 4 inches tall. One Tumi having a priest with large crescent shaped headdress, the priest drinking from a kero/cup and another person adjacent to him with tall thin headdress also drinking (probably sacrifice blood) from a wide cup. The priest is wearing a large tunic and is carrying a llama or alpaca "fireman style" on his back. The man next to the priest has a bottle slung over his shoulder dangling as a rattle from a ring or strap. Each man has detailed facial features with defined eyes, nose and mouth. Both persons are standing on a platform having two ringed rattle balls dangling from each side. There is a connecting ring between the men and the Tumi blade which contains a bird. Tumi blade is at the base of the bird ring. Nice patina. The second Tumi is composed of two combatants, each wearing a kind of loin cloth. Beneath each figure is a rattle dangle. This Tumi also has a ring containing a bird just above the Tumi blade. Tumi also having nice patina. These remarkable pieces are in excellent condition.