A stylized knife
used by the Incas
. A tumi consists of either a crescent
shaped or semi-circular blade
and a handle attached to the middle of the blade (think of a spade
). The blade varies from around an inch to 6 inches in diameter
. The handle is often an ornate cast
of a figure, a priest
, dressed in an elaborate ceremonial robes and headgear.
The tumi was used for ritual sacrifice (human? probably not, but it's up for debate), but more regularly for "surgical" use. Using a tumi, Incan doctors would carve a hole in the patient's head to let the bad blood out.