Europe, Middle Paleolithic period, ca. 100,000 years before present. A large antler, lightly modified to form a striking and digging tool. Two branches on the antler serve as handles and the large end that was once attached to the animal's head forms an excellent surface for hammering. Antlers served as important tools for early man because they were hard and resilient, like bone, but also relatively solid, and easy to acquire as animals shed them each winter. This example is relatively unspecialized - some people in Europe at this time were making special bone tools called lissoirs for leather processing, for example. Nevertheless, it reflects the ingenuity of ancient man during the harsh conditions of the Ice Age. Comes with custom stand. Size: 15.75" L x 6" W (40 cm x 15.2 cm); height on stand: 10.5" (26.7 cm)
Provenance: ex Bonhams, London, United Kingdom, acquired in 1998
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