For comparison prices, please see the "Old World Typology and Price Guide" section of the "OVERSTREET IDENTIFICATION AND PRICE GUIDE TO INDIAN ARROWHEADS" editions 7th, 8th and 9th.
The form and execution of this extraordinary CORDIFORM hand axe was fashioned by a Neanderthal in classic MOUSTERIAN TRADITION. Unlike their much larger predecessors of the Sahara during the Acheulian, Mousterian handaxes are much smaller in comparison. Not only are Mousterian hand axes considered some of the rarest and most prized tools of the Neanderthals, this exquisite genuine specimen is a MUSEUM-CLASS example. It was fashioned out of stunning golden flint that was surely prized by its Neanderthal artisan as much as any collector would admire it today! The broad chopping tip is still intact and the hand axe is complete as originally made without any of the typical damage often seen in European Paleolithic artifacts. The axe fits well in hand and one bulbous flaked side serves as an intelligent grip for the fingers - an indication of prehistoric human ingenuity in ergonomic, intelligent design. The entire perimeter and one face shows expert Neanderthal secondary retouch to execute a stunningly well-made, profile. Delicate pointed tip is still intact and unbroken which is EXTREMELY RARE for specimens like this. The entire surface features a rich patina and mineralized soil sheen indicating extreme age in burial. Authenticity evidenced by the presence of minerals deep in these microscopic crevices. This is one of the nicest and most attractive Neanderthal hand axes we have offered in quite some time.
This rare hand axe was fashioned by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago and discovered in a Middle Paleolithic site in France. Fine quality Mousterian Neanderthal tools are rare and often move from one private collection to the next as most sites are now depleted, destroyed, built over and all are protected by law forbidding modern day digging. It is probable by simple logistics, that over time, high grade archeological tools will most definitely appreciate as collector demand continues to outpace the finite supply circulating amongst collectors that buy pieces and never resell. Investment aside, no Paleolithic collection should be without representative tools of one of the most famous primitive humans in history!