An Egyptian Flint Knapped Hoe, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. 4000 BCE
A flint hoe bifacially knapped and pressure flaked around virtually the entire border.
Condition: A few modern nicks, else intact. “Mesolithic hoe from Upper Egypt” penciled on one face. Presented on a museum-quality custom base.
Dimensions: Length: 8 inches (20.5 cm)
Provenance: 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.