Lot 812: Stone Age Knife Blade
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Neolithic, 5th-3rd millennium BP. A leaf-shaped quartzite knife blade with square butt; marked 'Djebel Ben Arif'. 47 grams, 97mm (4"). Property of a European collector; formerly from the collection of Prof. RNDr. Jan Jelínek, DrSc., anthropologist, and Director of the Moravian museum, and the president of the International Committee of Museums (ICOM) for eight years; thence by descent 2004; acquired by Prof. Jelinek during the UNESCO - ICOM expedition in Lybia, in 1984 (The expedition collected the anthropology, archaeology and ethnography material for the National Museum in Tripolis); from Djebel Ben Arif, Lybia. This knife has lain exposed on the desert surface for a very long time - it shows evidence of wind ablation. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Very fine condition.