San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Exhibition, Part III: 1 - 59

1. Huge Saharan Lower Paleolithic Chopper

Made from a boulder, brought to a point. Band coloration at base from lying in desert sand. These large boulder choppers are rare in African and European traditions.

Circa 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

6 in. x 11 in. / 15 cm. x 28 cm. // 11 lbs. 12 oz. / 5.35 kg.

$2,800

2. Extremely Large Lower Paleolithic Handaxe, Sahara

This handaxe is unusually large, beyond known utilitarian purpose, and suggests symbology amongst our hominid ancestors. Circa: 1,00,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

13 in. x 6 in. / 33.02 cm. x 15.24 cm.

$5,000

 

 

3. Neolithic Saharan Stone with Engravings

A large stone with rare parallel engravings, the significance or symbolism of which is unknown. Saharan Desert. Circa 5,000-10,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

7.5 in. x 4.5 in. / 19 cm. x 11.43 cm. // 8 lbs. oz. / 3.85 kg.

$1,500

 

 

4. Huge Saharan Oval Lower Paleolithic Handaxe

A huge handaxe of oval shape, with cutting edges around its entire circumference. Desert patina, with rim coloration from lying in sand. Circa 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

11.5 in. x 6.5in. / 29.25 cm. x 16.51 cm. // 5 lbs. 6 oz. / 2.45 kg.

$2,500

 

 

 

5. Huge Saharan Cleaver of Greyish Stone, Lower Paleolithic

A huge handaxe/cleaver with a blunt proximal edge.  Of same monumental scale as the Saharan Oval Handaxe, but in greyish stone. 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

10.5 in. x 5.5 in.  / 26.67 cm. x 13.97 cm. // 5 lbs. 12 oz. / 2.6 kg.

$2,800

 

 

 

6. Saharan Lower Paleolithic Cleaver

Cleaver with diagonal, still sharp leading edge. Mauritania. Circa 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Duncan Caldwell, Paris.

9.5 in. x 4.5 in. / 22.86 cm. x 11.43 cm.

$800

 

 

 

7. Very Large Saharan Pick

A pick of wavy form and heavy desert patina. Circa 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. French Private Collection.

9.5 in. x 4 in. / 22.86 cm. x 10.16 cm.

$1,200

 

 

 

8. Mousterian Pear Shaped Handaxe

A Neanderthal handaxe of pear shape, fine symmetry. Circa 100,000 BC.

Ex. French Private Collection.

5 in. x 3.25 in. / 12.70 cm. x 8.25 cm.

$800

 

 

 

9. Glossy Surfaced, Sand and Wind Polished African Lower Paleolithic Handaxe 

A tactile, medium size handaxe with high gloss from wind and sand exposure. Circa 400-500,000 BC.

Ex. Paris Private Collection.

7 in. x 2.75 in / 17.78 cm. x 6.99 cm. // 1 lbs. 3 oz. / 538 g.

$1,500

 

 

 

10. Quartzite Cleaver/ Handaxe, N. Africa, Middle Acheulian

S. Algerian handaxe on quartzite, an unusually difficult stone to work and shape. Circa 200,000 BC.

Ex. Josef Aurich, Germany.

7 in. x 4 in. / 18 cm. x 10.16 cm. // 1 lbs. 10 oz. / .75 kg.

$875

 

 

11. African, Multicolored Lower Paleolithic Cleaver 

An African cleaver with a straight leading edge. Varied color from long desert exposure. Circa 750,000-1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Josef Aurich, Germany.

Sold

 

 

 

12. Mousterian Stone Ball

Round, hard black stone, likely used as a throwing projectile. Circa 100,000 BC.

Ex. French Private Collection.

$500

 

 

 

13. African Lower Paleolithic Handaxe, Multicolored Surface

African Lower Paleolithic Handaxe with bright yellow and orange colors, high gloss. Circa 1,000,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, Paris.

4.5 in. x 3.75 in. / 11.43 cm. x 9.53 cm.

$795

 

 

 

14. African Middle Paleolithic Handaxe

A well made African bi-facial handaxe of fine coloration, glossy patina. Circa 200,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, Germany.

5 in. x 2.5 in. / 12.7 cm. 6.35 cm.

$400.

 

 

 

15. Oldowan Chopping Tool, Ethiopia

Very early BC Homo Habilis or Australopithecus Aarensis quartz chopping tool, Ethiopia. Some of the earliest finds including "Lucy" discovered in Ethiopia.  Circa 1.5 - 2.5 million BC.

Ex. Private Belgium Collection.

2.5 in. x 2.25 in. 6.35 cm. 5.72 cm.

Sold

 

 

 

16. French "Pistol Shaped" Hand Axe/Cutting Edge, Lower Paleolithic

An unique "Pistol Shaped" French hand axe, with cortex handle, and black stone, sharp edge. An example of the ability of early hominids to reason and make tools tailored to specific tasks.  From Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France an area rich in early man activity. Circa. 350,000 B.C.

Ex. Private Collection, England.

7.5 in. x 3 in. / 18.5 cm. 7.62 cm.

$2,500.

 

 

17. Very Large, Triangular Grand Pressigny France Proto-Bifacial Handaxe

An unusually large “Proto-Bi-Facial” handaxe, Lower Paleolithic. This is one of the earliest handaxe types seen in Europe. Monumental scale. Circa 400,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

$2,500

 

 

 

18. Hammerstone, France, Lower Paleolithic

Round stone fitting neatly in hand. Showing indentations from percussion strikes. Circa 400,00 BC.

Ex. Jan Vanderkeulen, Belgium.

2 in. x 2 in. / 5.08 cm. x 5.08 cm.

$575

 

 

 

19. Massive Garonne, France Lower Paleolithic Chopper

A boulder which has been fashioned into a chopper. Extremely large example. Belgium. Circa 350,000 BC.

Ex. Jan Vanderkeulen, Belgium.

4 in. x 6 in. / 10.16 cm. x 15.24 cm. // 7 lbs. 3 oz. / 3.27 kg. 

$3,000

 

 

 

20. Very large Garonne Chopper, Lower Paleolithic

Chopper of unusually large size with well worked surfaces. Garonne, France Circa 350,000 BC.

Ex. Josef Aurich, Germany.

5.5 in. x 7.5 in. / 13.97 cm. x 19.05 cm. // 10 lbs. 12 oz. / 4.9 kg.

$2,500

 

 

 

21. Pear Shaped Garonne, France Hand Axe, Lower Paleolithic

Exceptionally well balanced and well crafted unifacial handaxe. Circa 350,000 BC.

Ex. Duncan Caldwell, Paris.

5.5 in. x 4 in. / 14 cm. x 10.16 cm.

$950

 

 

22. French Mousterian Handaxe, La Chapelle

Large Neanderthal Handaxe from La Chapelle, Aubareil, France, a Neanderthal center. This is a large handaxe within the Neanderthal handaxe tradition. Circa 100,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, France.

6.5 in. x 3.5 in. / 16.51 cm. x 8.89 cm.

$1,250

 

 

 

23. Mousterian Cutting Edge, Fontmaure, France

A Neanderthal cutting edge from an area in west central France known for its jasper colored stone. Circa 100,000-50,000 BC

Ex. French Private Collection.

1.5 in. x 2 in. / 3.81 cm. x 5.08 cm.

Sold

 

 

 

24. Large French Garonne, Lower Paleolithic Handaxe 

Unusually large & well shaped Garonne handaxe.

Circa 350,000-400,000 BC.

Ex. Josef Aurich, Germany.

8.5 in. x 6 in. / 21.59 cm. x 15.24 cm.

Sold

 

 

25.  Grand Pressigny, France Cleaver

Highly refined tool. Rich surface colors. Glossy surface due to long water exposure. Circa 350,000 BC.

Ex. Patrice Bachelier, France.

4.5in. x 4.5in. x 2.5in. / 11.43cm. x 11.43cm. x 6.35cm

Sold

 

 

26. French Neolithic Core, Grand Pressigny, France

A fine cylindrical stone from which knives and other cutting edges were struck as seen in the parallel grooves. Circa 5,000 BC.

Ex. French Private Collection.

11. in. x 3 in. / 27.94 cm. x 7.62 cm.

$700

 

 

27 Large French Lower Paleolithic Handaxe, with Thumb and Finger Grips

French Lower Paleolithic handaxes are typically smaller than their African counterparts. This bi-facial example is another exception, and has a glossy, beautiful surface all around, with ingenious resting places for a thumb and fingers. Yonne, France. Circa: 300-350,000 BC. Featured on a custom museum stand. 

Ex. Duncan Caldwell, Paris.

7 in. x 4 in. / 17.78 cm. x 10.16 cm. // 1 lbs. 2 oz. / 0.8 kg.

$1,800

 

 

28.  Lower Paleolithic, England, Point/Borer

Made on river cobble, cortex on upper face. Intact boring point. Circa 300,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, Norfolk, England.

6 in. x 3 in. / 15.24 cm. x 7.62 cm. // 1 lbs. / 0.45 kg.

$1,400

 

 

29. French Bi-Facial Lower Paleolithic Handaxe, Glossy Surfaces

Fine bi-facial handaxe of glossy patina, well defined cortex. S.W. France. 200-300,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, Germany.

7 in. x 3.5 in. / 15.24 cm. x 8.89 cm

Sold

 

 

30. Fine French Bi-Facial Handaxe, Lower Paleolithic

A well shaped handaxe of dark grey stone from Les Eyzies, Dordogne, a well known prehistoric site in S. France. Circa 350,000-400,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, France.

6 in. x 3 in. / 15.24 cm. x 7.62 cm

Sold

 

 

 

31. Black Flint Notch, Upper Paleolithic, S. France

This piece sits comfortably on its edge, and shows extensive use at the notch. Magdalenian-Gravettian 29,000-14,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, France.

9 in. x 4 in. / 22.86 cm. x 10.16 cm.

$1,000

 

 

32. Wimereux  French Chopper, Lower Paleolithic

A Wimerux, N. France chopper with an old handwritten inscription. Characteristic Wimereux gloss from tossing in the surf. One of oldest prehistoric sites in Europe. Circa 750,000-500,000 BC.

Ex. Private French Collection.

5 in. x 4.25 in. / 12.7 cm. x 10.80 cm.

$600

 

 

 

33 a,b,c. Three Wimereux Choppers

Three stone choppers from Wimereux, N. France, one of oldest prehistoric sites Europe. Characteristic Wimereux gloss from tossing in the surf. 750,000-500,000 BC.

Ex. French Private Collection.

4 in. x 6 in. / 10.16. cm. x 15.24 cm.

4 in. x 3.5 in. / 10.16. cm. x 8.89 cm.

4 in. x 3.75 in. / 10.16. cm. x  9.53 cm.

Combined Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. / 3.2 kg.

$1,500 for the three

 

 

34. Large Spanish Chopper

An unusually large chopper cut from a small boulder. From an early Spanish Lower Paleolithic Site. Circa 500-700,000 BC.

Ex. Spanish Private Collection.

7 in. x 3.25 in. / 17.78 cm. x 8.25 // 5 lbs. 8 oz. / 2.5 kg.

$1,000

 

 

35. Zoomorphic English Borer/ Chopper

A tool with a well positioned “eye” which has been left intact by its maker. S. England. 350,000-400,000 BC.

Ex. English Private Collection.

4.5 in. x 2.5 in. / 11.43 cm. x 6.35 cm.

Price on request.

 

 

 

36. Small Lower Paleolithic English Tool, Fossil Inclusion

Linear fossil inclusion on worked side. Circa 300,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, England.

2 in. x 3 in. / 5.08 x 7.62 cm.

Sold

 

 

37. Zoomorphic S. English Handaxe #1 

A pointed handaxe with a small crescent shaped natural cavity on one side. This in an eye position relative to the snout like pointed tip, around which it has been shaped. Homo heidelbergensis. Circa 350-400,000 BC.

Ex. English Private Collection.

$2,500

 

 

38. Neolithic Eccentric Tool

A Neolithic artifact collected from a ploughed English field. Knapped as a scraper around a large tapering interior cavity which runs the length of the artifact, The maker has been careful not to break into the cavity. Circa 5,000 BC.

Ex. English Private Collection.

1.5 in. x 5 in. / 3.81 cm. x 12.7 cm.

$2,000

 

 

39. Early Bronze Age Copper Axe

Heavy Bronze Age Copper Axe. Excellent condition. Eastern Europe. Circa 2700-2200 BC.

Ex. Ilian Lalev, Kansas.

5.25 in. x 1.5 in. / 13.36 cm. x 3.81 cm. // 1 lbs. 4 oz. 0.55 kg.

$800

 

 

40. Greenstone Pre-Columbian Mace Head

Highly polished stone. Costa Rica.

Ex. Senatus Consulto, Copenhagen, Denmark

3.3 in. x 1.5 in. / 8.5 cm. x 3.81 cm.

$875

 

 

41. Danish Bronze Age Chisel

Danish chisel with strike marks and a tapering, unbroken tip. Circa 3-4,000 BC.

Ex: Private Danish Collection.

7.5 in. x 1 in. / 19.05 cm. x 2.54 cm.

$800

 

 

42. A Grey Ware Danish Axe

Classic form. Circa 3,000 BC.

Ex. Private Danish Collection.

5.25 in. x 2 in. / 13.36 cm. x 5.08 cm. // 0.75 lbs. / 0.35 kg.

$425

 

 

43. Neolithic Single Grave Culture Danish Axe

A large axe for a Single Grave Culture axe. Circa 2800-2400 BC.

Ex. Senatus Consulto, Copenhagen, Denmark.

6.25 in. x 2.25 in. / 15.88 cm. x 5.72 cm.

$475

 

 

44. Fine Neolithic Axe, Denmark

Neolithic Axe of grey stone with well worked surfaces. Old inscription collection date "1867" Circa 3,000 BC.

Ex. Private Danish Collection.

6 in. x 1 in. / 15.24 cm. x 2.54 cm.

$850

 

 

 

45. S. California Indian Arrow Straightener

Deep worn grooves atop arched stone for insertion of heated shaft for straightening. Found San Bernardino County.

Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

4 in. x 2.5 in. / 10.16 cm. x 6.35 cm. // 1 lbs. 2 oz. / 0.45 kg.

$2,000

 

 

46.  Large Stone Bead, Ohio Mound Build Culture

Circa. 1000 AD.

Ex. Midwestern Collection.

2 in. x 1 in. / 5.08 cm. x 2.54 cm. 

$325

 

 

47. S. California Indian Oil Lamp

Oval Shape steatite, used to burn whale oil to illuminate special occasions. Found Santa Barbara Coast 1916.

Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

6.5 in. x 5.25 in. / 16.51 cm. x 13.33 cm.

$3,000

 

 

 

48. A S.E. American Mississippian Culture Celt

A fine, heavy celt of perfect form with a well defined leading edge, and a point at its base which would have been used as a punching / gouging tool. Arkansas. Circa 1000 -1400 AD.

Ex. Old Midwestern Collection.

8.25 in. x 2.5 in. / 20.96 cm. x 6.35 cm. // 2 lbs. 4 oz. / 1 kg.

$800

 

 

49. Stone Pipe, Mound Builder Culture

Unusual joining of  adjacent drilled holes in a fist sized stone.Ohio.. Circa 1000 AD.

Ex. Mid-Western Private Collection.

3.5 in. x 2 in. / 8.9 cm. x 5.08 cm.

$1,500

 

 

50. S. California Indian Jimson Weed Cup

Cup for hallucinogenic jimson weed. From Coches Prietos Beach. Ex. David Banks Rogers Expedition; Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

2 in. x 3 in. / 5.08 cm. x 7.62 cm.

$2,500

 

 

 

51. S. California Indian Elbow Shaped Hard Stone Pestle

Unique form, Chumash pestle. Found San Luis Obismo area.

Ex. Taylor Dale, Santa Fe, NM.

7 in. x 2.25 in. / 17.78 cm. x 5.72 cm.

$1,200

 

 

52. S. California Cloud Blower

The Chumash aesthetic was minimalistic. Subtle dot decoration around the piece’s circumference sets this piece apart. Broken in antiquity. Found in Ojai.

Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

3.75 in. x 1.5 in. / 9 cm. x 3.81 cm.

$1,400

 

 

53. Diamond Shaped S. California Indian Charm Stone

Banded slate. Trace of groove for attachment.

Ex. Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

4.25 in. x 1.5 in. / 10.80 cm. x 3.81 cm. // 3.5 oz. / 100 g.

$950

 

 

54. Ancient S. California Indian Charm Stone #1

Greenstone piece with plow marks. Circa 1500 AD or before.

Ex. Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

6 in. x 1.25 in. / 15.24 cm. x 3.18 cm. // 3.8 oz. / 106 g.

$750

 

 

 

55. Ancient S. California Indian Charm Stone #2 

Dark stone, elongated shape. Circa 1500 AD or before.

Ex. Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

6.25 in. x 1 in.  / 16 cm. x 2.54 cm. // 4 oz. / 110 g.

$750

 

 

 

56. Taino Knobbed Axe

Hispaniola. See similar illustrated  "Twenty-Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology", Washington, D.C. 1907. Circa 1000-1500 AD.

Ex. Neil M. Becker, NY.

8.5 in. x 3.5 in. / 21.59 cm. x 8.89 cm. // 1 lbs. 1.0 oz. / 750 g.

$3,000

 

 

57. Australian Aboriginal Pick

An aboriginal hardstone pick with an old Queenland label. This is a well developed tool within the Aboriginal toolmaking tradition. Circa 19th Century or before.

Ex. Australian Private Collection.

7.75 in. x 1.75 in. / 19.68 cm. x 4.44 cm.

$700

 

 

58. Chimbu, Papua New Guinea, Mace Head

Raised central lip for insertion of shaft. 19th century or before.

Ex. Private Australian Collection.

8 in. x 1 in. / 20.32 cm. x 2.54 cm. // 3 lbs. / 1.35 kg. 

$950

 

 

59. Polished New Guinea Greenstone Celt

Used as bride’s gift, currency.

Ex. Private Australian Collection.

$395

 

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