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. Bi-color patina differs on either side, a result of laying undisturbed on the desert floor for thousands and thousands of years.