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ES204

An Egyptian Serrated Flint Knife Blade, PreDynastic Period ca 3500 - 3100 BC

A thin, brown flint knife with serrated convex edge and sharp straight back. Widest in the center and tapering to pointed ends.

Condition: Intact and in good condition. Museum accession number 59.328.1 applied in black pigment near edge, on same face number 679 applied to surface in pencil, also on identification stickers still attached.

Dimensions: Length 7.5 inches (19 centimeters), 1.75 inches (4.4 centimeters) at widest in center.

Provenance:  Collection of Robert de Rustafjaell F.R.G.S. (Member of the Royal Numismatical Society, the Zoological Society, the Royal Society of Arts, the Hellenic Society of the British School of Rome, and Bey of the Imperial Ottoman Empire), 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 (object #  59.328.1). Robert de Rustafjaell (1876-1943), aka 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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