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Blade in the Shape of a Laurel Leaf

ca. 22000 BCE-18000 BCE

As from the Palaeolithic era, the technical prowess invested in certain tools went far beyond their simple use. This long Solutrean blade, for example, was so fine that it could not be used without breaking. It would have conferred particular status on its maker or owner. The symmetrical form may have been modelled on plants.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Title: Blade in the Shape of a Laurel Leaf
Geography: Dordogne (?), France
Date: ca. 22000 BCE-18000 BCE

Medium: flint

Classification: tool and utensil
Dimensions: 18.6 x 5.3 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2012.020
Contact for images: [email protected]


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