AN EGYPTIAN FLINT KNIFE
AN EGYPTIAN FLINT KNIFE
AN EGYPTIAN FLINT KNIFE
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AN EGYPTIAN FLINT

PREDYNASTIC PERIOD, NAQADA II, CIRCA 3500-3200 B.C.

Details
AN EGYPTIAN FLINT
PREDYNASTIC PERIOD, NAQADA II, CIRCA 3500-3200 B.C.
3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Robert de Rustafjaell (1876-1943), UK, acquired prior to 1909.
Catalogue of the Remaining Part of the Valuable Collection of Egyptian Antiquities formed by Robert de Rustafjaell, Esq.; Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 20-24 January 1913, lot 708 (part).
The Heckscher Museum of Art, Long Island, New York, acquired from the above (no. 59.316).
Pre-Col & Tribal Art, Classical & Asian Antiquities, Arte Primitivo, New York, 18 June 2012, lot 40.
Literature
R. De Rustafjaell, The Stone Age in Egypt: A Record of Recently Discovered Implements and Products of Handicraft of the Archaic Nilotic Races Inhabiting the Thebaid, New York, 1914, no. 1353, pl. LXIX.
Exhibited
The Heckscher Museum of Art, Long Island, New York, 1913-2012.

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Lot Essay

Robert de Rustafjaell (1876-1943), lived in Egypt for ten years and during this time he devoted himself almost exclusively to Predynastic research and amassed a remarkable collection of flint implements.
This flint belongs to a rare class of artefacts, characterised by their finely worked surfaces and double sided form. Whether the anthropomorphic element held particular significance or value in Predynastic culture, and whether the objects themselves were of predominantly ritual, social or practical nature in their burial context is unknown. It would seem that the anthropomorphic shape of the figure inspired someone to incise facial details onto this example, however this was probably not done in antiquity. For a similar flint of human form found at Hierakonpolis, see Nekhen News, Vol. 23, 2011, p. 19.

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