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M355 - MOUSTERIAN QUARTZITE HANDAXE FROM NORTH AFRICA WITH SUPERBLY MADE GRIP

$675.00
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M355 - MOUSTERIAN QUARTZITE HANDAXE FROM NORTH AFRICA WITH SUPERBLY MADE GRIP

$675.00
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ID
Mousterian Handaxe
FOUND
Exposed Site - Sahara Desert,
NW Africa
AGE
MOUSTERIAN:  60,000 - 30,000 years
SIZE
3.65" long x 2.5" wide
CONDITION
INTACT AND COMPLETE.
NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.
ROBUST FORM WITH UNUSUALLY
SHARP, UNBROKEN TIP.
NOTE
AFRICAN MOUSTERIAN TOOLS
ARE NOT OFTEN SEEN IN
COLLECTIONS. MADE OF SCARCE
RED AND YELLOW QUARTZITE!
COMPLETE AND UNDAMAGED
EXAMPLE THAT IS A SUPERB
MOUSTERIAN IN ACHEAULIAN
TRADITION EXAMPLE (MTA)!
Actual Item - One Only

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This is a SPECTACULAR bifacial CORDATE Mousterian hand axe  of the finest possible quality and condition.  It is made of quartzite and is compact but robust with a fantastic faceted grip for the ultimate in comfort when held.  This MOUSTERIAN IN ACHEULIAN TRADITION (MTA or MAT) handaxe possesses traits of the earlier Acheulian Period such as the faceted palm grip on the proximal end, but at only 3.65 inches in length and with finer flaking only seen in the Mousterian Period, it matches the typical size of other Mousterian examples found in North Africa. 

The chopping tip is unbroken and is unusually sharp and entirely intact AS MADE!  The workmanship and ergonomic design when held is spectacular.  The form and execution of this extraordinary hand axe must be held to be appreciated - quartzite is extremely difficult to flake and shape on a hand axe this small!!!  Unlike their much larger predecessors of the Sahara during the Acheulian, Mousterian handaxes are much smaller in comparison.  In "as found" ORIGINAL condition with  NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.  Bi-color patina differs on either side, a result of laying undisturbed on the desert floor for thousands and thousands of years.

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