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Two long chisel heads with rounded ends, one wider than the other, attached at the centre with an oblong rattle. The rattle has four lengthwise bands, each decorated with several birds in relief with back turned heads. The four bands flank two lengthwise slits in the rattle through which three metal balls can be seen. The surface is brassy with a brown metal underneath.

History Of Use

Appears to be primarily a tool for cutting or prying. The presence of the rattle suggests it may be a ceremonial instrument. The bands of bird designs are reminiscent of the adobe friezes on the quadrangles of the Chimu capital of Chanchan.


Chimu style, Late Intermediate Period; 1000-1400 C.E.

Iconographic Meaning

The design appears to be shore-birds. Fish, birds and other maritime themes are frequent in Chimu art.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 1000 and 1400
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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