25 October 2012

A bird in the hand

A bird in the hand

From Flint Ridge, Licking County, Ohio. Flint with this kind of coloration is like a canvas for the prehistoric artist and the rock material which includes crystals seems to have been highly valued. This artifact has bird-like visual properties and has a blade with suspected use-wear.  It is worth beholding as a beautiful example of the synthesis of art and tool.




The crystal-throated bird is a fine piece of rock art. Maybe the crystals are symbolic of the bird's song.


Side 2 with scale

The crystal beak of the bird could have served the functional purpose of being a leading edge, a kind of ripper, preceding the excurvate knife blade or being used on its own if wanted.

-kbj

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