Sacred ‘Maguro-ishi’ (lit. ‘Deep black stone’) as a type of art of Japanese ‘Suiseki’ of ‘Kamuy kotan seki’ from the canyon called ‘Kamuy-kotan’ (‘Whereabouts of God’ in the Ainu language)
in the western part of Asahikawa city in Hokkaido prefecture.
Abstract figure of the God (‘Kamuy’=’Kami’) from every single angle, with no processing by human hands...
A set of 4 Neanderthal multi-tools on flakes. Jasper, heights between 2 7/8" and 3 3/8". Fontmaure, France. Legal surface finds, all in excellent condition with glossy patinas. Nice group of multi-tools all exhibiting finely conceived and executed retouching to produce complex multi-tools of a wide variety of functions. The lithic on the left, with its huge variety of burin, notch, various scraper edges and a denticulate edge, is an outstanding example of Neanderthal toolmaking...
A set of 6 English Neolithic micro-tools. Flint, heights between 1 3/16" and 1 7/8". Manor Farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norwich, Norfolk, England. All in excellent, gem-like condition with glossy patinas on smoky grey-black flint. Legal surface finds. Lovely and finely wrought set of micro-tools. Dating to approximately 10,000-5,000 BCE.
Nice set of 4 Neanderthal flake cores from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2" and 2 1/2". Legal surface finds. Lovely sculptural pieces on fine examples of Fontmaure jasper. Glossy patinas. Dating to 80,000-50,000 BCE.
2 Neolithic tools from Grand-Pressigny, France. Flint, heights both 2 3/4". Legal surface finds. Both in excellent condition with lovely patinas. Excellent examples of a notched scraper and a burin or borer. Dating to approximately 5,000-3,500 BCE.
A set of 5 Neanderthal tools from Marbach, Germany. Chert, heights between 2 1/2" and 3 1/2". All legal site finds in excellent condition. The scraper on the left has some ancient, well patinated evidence of use wear. Nice, very sculptural and very masterfully conceived and executed group of tools. The several blade edges on these are still intact and quite sharp. The lithic to the right is a particularly concise and finely wrought burin. All dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
4 Native American Paleolithic tools or cores. Chert, heights between 3 1/2" and 4". Suwanee River basin, Northern Florida. All legal finds. All with beautiful, glossy and deep patinas from being exposed to rich, marshy organic soil. All are in excellent condition with one chip missing on the bottom end of the lithic second from the right...
A nice set of 6 Neolithic Willow-leaf blades or points from the Sahara. Flint, heights between 1 3/4" and 2 1/8". Auction purchase, point of origin unknown (I think probably Algeria or Morocco). All bifacially worked, all in excellent condition with fine varied patinas. Dating to approximately 3500 BCE.
A spectacular example of a Neanderthal point on a flake. Chert, height 3". Poursal, France, legal surface find. Slight chip missing on the distal end, otherwise excellent condition with a fine, glossy patina. Exquisite worksmanship. Dating to 80,000 BCE.
A set of 5 Neanderthal multi-tools, four on flakes, and the fifth- the dark burgundy burin, on a reworked core tablet. Jasper, heights between 2 1/4" and 3". Fontmaure, France, legal surface finds. A few very minor chips, otherwise all in excellent condition. Beautiful grouping of diverse Neanderthal tools. The lithic to the left is a great example of a Neanderthal burin with a deep notch. The lithic to the far right is one of the most interesting examples of a convex scraper I have seen...
A set of 2 remarkable Neanderthal pics. Jasper, heights 2 5/8" and 3". Fontmaure, France, legal surface finds. Both in excellent condition with fabulous, glossy patinas. The lithic on the right could also be categorized as a proto-handaxe given the over-all qualities of the flaking. What makes this pair interesting is the absolute mastery of the tool makers shown in the ergonomics of each piece...
A set of 4 Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, heights between 2 5/8" and 3 5/8". Fontmaure, France, legal surface finds. Excellent condition. Three of these lithics are multi-tools on Levallois flakes. The fourth, which is second from the right, is a partially worked biface (ie flaked on one face more or less entirely, and partial flaking on the reverse face). This may have been a core tablet that was reworked into a cleaver with a burin like extension. All four have fine patinas...
A set of 4 eccentric Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, heights between 2 1/2" and 3 1/4". Fontmaure, France, legal surface finds. Overall good condition, a few very minor chips. Interesting and varied group of larger multi-tools on thick Levallois flakes. Each lithic has a variety of well defined tool edges, notches and/or burins. Nice patinas and lovely examples of Fontmaure jasper. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
A set of 6 Neanderthal tools. Chert, heights between 2" and 3 1/4". Marbach, Germany, legal site finds. Overall excellent condition with varying patinas. A diverse group of medium size tools that exhibit a variety of tools, including backed blades (third and fifth from left) and a great denticulate or saw blade (fourth from left with whitish patina). Very clear retouches on this group. Dating to approximately 120,000-80,000 BCE.
A set of 4 Neanderthal multi tools. Chert, heights between 1 1/4" and 2 3/4". Marbach, Germany, legal site finds. Very slight old chips, no recent damage. Interesting group of 4 burins (2 still quite sharp!) with adjoining scraper or blade edges exhibiting very skilled retouching. The burin with scraper edges to the left is a really excellent example of the tool maker's art. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
A group of 3 complex Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, heights between 2" and 2 5/16". Fontmaure, France, auction purchase from a Dutch collection. All in excellent condition, with lovely, glossy patina. All three are very finely wrought lithics, with retouches on most edges, giving each a complex variety of working tools. The slight notched end scraper at the top of the lithic to the left is particularly subtle. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
A group of 3 Neanderthal burins. The two to the left are chert, from Marbach, Germany. The burin to the right is jasper from Fontmaure, France. All are in excellent condition, and legal surface or site finds. Heights between 2 1/4" and 2 3/4". All are solidly constructed with adjoining scraper edges, hence functional multi-tools. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE (Marbach tools) and 50,000 BCE (Fontmaure tool).
A group of 4 remarkable Neanderthal micro-tools. Jasper, heights between 1 3/8" and 1 7/16". Legal surface finds from Fontmaure, France. Excellent condition. Despite their small size, each of these lithics shows a mastery of stone knapping that has produced remarkably complex multi-tools, with scraper edges, a fine notch, and burins. Possibly made for children? Dating to approximately 50,000 BCE.