Ancient Art, Antiques, & Fine. Ancient Native American Stone Age Knife from Missouri. Deer Jaw Bone & Teeth Knife Handle.Mythological, Ceremonial, or Shaman's Knife. Woodland Period: 500 BC-1100 AD. I certify this ancient Native American tool was reportedly found on private land with the owner's permission in Missouri by Mr.
This extremely RARE Deer Jaw Bone & Teeth Knife is in "as found" condition. The bone handle shows appropriate signs of ancient wear and use and some stress cracks in the bone where it was slotted to hold the slate blade.
Both the bone handle and the flint blade have a wonderful, authentic patina from centuries of weathering. Please see photos for details and thanks for looking! This ancient Native American knife handle was made from a section of a white tail deer's jaw bone, which is called a mandible.One can see the human cut marks in the bone where it was cut down to fit into the hand--Please see macro photo # 7. The small, 5 long knife handle still has five of the deer teeth set into the bone that were used as the cutting edge or as the grip portion of a knife's handle. I have included an authentic, Paleo-Indian Gray Flint Blade that was found separately Stoddard County, Missouri. Although found in a different area of Missouri than the handle, both the shape and style of the carefully knapped stone blade made of gray made of gray flint would have very similar to the one that was once originally hafted to the deer jaw handle that was found in Missouri. This artifact made of deer bone and teeth was the handle of a stone-tipped knife that was broken off in ancient times hundreds or even thousands of years ago. A knapped stone blade made of flint like the one included in this sale, would have been hafted to the end of the deer mandible. The bone was broken off in antiquity and the original flint blade lost. But it appears to have then been reused with the sharp teeth acting as the cutting portion of the knife.
The bone handle has stable cracks that are appropriate for its extremely old age. The deer bone has a wonderful, old patina that has been worn smooth by the hands of an ancient hunter and is guaranteed authentic and original. Both the handle and the stone blade are in "as found" condition and were personal finds of Mr.
Without a radio-carbon test, it is difficult to date this bone artifact. But it dates to known examples from at least the Woodland Period (500 BC-1100 AD) and perhaps much older to the Archaic Period, which is also known as the Lithic or Paleo-Indian Period that lasted from 18,000-8,000 BCE.Early Native American knives were used as tools for hunting and other chores, like skinning animals. Knives consisted of a blade made of stone, bone, or deer antlers, fastened to a wooden handle. Thin flint or quartz blades were flacked from larger stones and probably mounted in deer bone handle and then used as knives. Deer bone mandibles were often also made into war clubs. Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. The September/October 2016 issue of Archaeology magazine, page 12, shows a carved, human mandible that was worn by the Zapotec people of Mexico's Oaxaca Valley. It is believed this mandible with teeth were worn as adornments during rituals that focused on the importance of their hereditary power. Published on Feb 12, 2014.
All photos taken indoors by me. My hand, the wood stand, and the ruler is not part of the sale, just there so you can better judge the size. Each object I sell is professionally researched and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world.When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. NOTE: In compliance to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 16 U. 884, as amended -- Public Law 93-205, approved December 28, 1973, no item listed was made from an endangered mammal, fish, reptile, bird or plant on the endangered list. Any reference to the use of bone on my listings are animals native to the United States, such as the deer. No bone was retrieved from an endangered species. All sales are Final, unless I have seriously misrepresented this item!
Please look at the photos carefully as they are part of the description. Member of the Authentic Artifact Collectors Association (AACA) & the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "houghton-usa" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.