The vast majority of flake tools from the Neolithic of Capsian Tradition of Africa are a fraction of the size of this massive example! This is one of only a handful of flake tools this size we have ever seen in 31 years of handling this material. This is one of THE FINEST (and was the largest of the collection) examples of a large Capsian Neolithic handled pick. It was made from tabular flint and is complete with ingenious design and flaking to the large flint piece. The pick has an amazingly well-designed grip for holding, and an expertly flaked narrow point. It shows a satin white patina from wear and wind polishing. The narrow tip could have been used for digging or even a weapon. As crude as this piece looks, it is much easier to appreciate in person when held as the grip and feel of the design can be experienced only in this way. This Neolithic pick would have required an extreme amount of skill to flake in its long, unusually narrow shape, and not have it break!
You could not ask for more impressive and top grade specimen from this African Neolithic culture! Of the highest degree workmanship, complete and intact.