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A Published Egyptian Stone Knife, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. 4500 - 3500 B.C.

the tool percussion flaked from a piece of dark brown flint. Percussion flaking was used to detach small flakes of flint from the upper surface by striking the flint with a hammerstone or other implement.  Old collection sticker, number 382 attached to back.

for related example see: Payne, Joan Crowfoot, Catalogue of the Pre Dynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Clarendon Press, 1993, and Needler, W. Predynastic and Archaic Egypt in the Brooklyn Museum (The Brooklyn Museum 1984), pp. 226, no.136.

Published:  de Rustafjaell, R. T he Stone Age in Egypt; A Record of Recently Discovered Implements and Products of Handicraft of the Archaic Nilotic Races Inhabiting the Thebaid (New York, W.E. Rudge, 1914) page 50,  #382.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition, with museum quality custom mount.

Dimensions: Height:  4.7 inches (12 cm) excluding mount.

Provenance:   Bearing old collection label and number. Collection of Colonel Robert de Rustafjaell F.R.G.S., acquired prior to 1909, purchased at one of the Rustafjaell sales held in 1906, 1913 and 1915 by Gustave Maurice Heckscher who then donated to the museum founded by his father; de-accessioned by Heckscher Museum of Art, Long Island, New York, in 2012.  Robert de Rustafjaell (1876-1943), Robert Fawcus-Smith, was a British collector and author who worked in Egypt as a geologist and mining engineer. After World War I, de Rustafjaell moved to the United States, where he lived under the name Col. Prince Roman Orbeliani. 

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