Ceremonial rod in case
This ceremonial rod is claimed to derive from a cache of offerings found on the southern coast of Peru. Despite the reputed recovery from southern Peru, the cached objects reflect principally north coast designs. In this example, the metal sheath of the wooden rod bears a north coast-style crescent-shaped element. If the provenience is accurate, then this demonstrates either the trade of Chimú elite objects or the presence of Chimú populations on the south coast during the Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE), perhaps under Inca imperial rule.
Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1972.23.2.McD; 1972.23.1.McD; 1918.104.22.168.McD; 1922.214.171.124.McD; 19126.96.36.199.McD; 19188.8.131.52.McD], 2015.
- At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is a a silver-sheathed object with attached silver tumi very similar to this ceremonial rod; it is called a digging stick and is attributed to the Chimú or Chancay culture (Metropolitan Museum of Art 1987.394.676).
- The cache of offerings found on the southern coast of Peru included a number of works in the DMA’s collections, a ceremonial rod (1972.23.2.McD), a featherwork neckpiece (1972.23.1.McD), a pair of coca spoons with bird and animal finials (19184.108.40.206.McD; 19220.127.116.11.McD), a pair of miniature camelid figurines (1918.104.22.168.McD; 1922.214.171.124.McD), and a set of small spoons with bird finial (19126.96.36.199.McD; 19188.8.131.52.McD).