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An Extremely Rare "Tanged" half of an Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenian" bone, barbed harpoon, France.
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Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenien Culture" c.17,000 to 12,000 BP. An extremely rare tanged half section of an Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenian Culture" Bi-serial, tanged bone harpoon found in a Cave in Ariege, South Western France in the early part of the 20th Century and from an old French collection. (Full details of the cave and location etc will be included). This segment clearly exhibits the pointed tang that was once pushed into a socket on the end of a wooden shaft, a fine cord was tied around the stem and when the harpoon detached from the shaft after spearing, the fish could then be reeled in (see last image for representative example); this segment also shows one of the carved hooked barbs so typical of these rare pieces. [The "Magdalenien Culture" were the last "Great" Upper Paleolithic race and were named after the type site of La Madelaine, a rock shelter located in the Vézère valley, Tursac, in the Dordoigne, France. They were a sophisticated and intelligent race, regularly using and adapting natural caves as shelters; they were also great hunters particularly of larger animals like red deer, horses and large mammals and were also great fishermen. The "Magdaleniens" are famed for their expert manufacture of bone and antler tools and weapons, especially fine javelin & spear points and elaborate barbed harpoons (for fishing). They also produced some of the earliest complex art forms, on bone and antler and also painted onto cave walls]. This harpoon segment is in very good condition for ancient bone with good sound surfaces. "Magdalenien" bone items are extremely rare and seldom ever appear for sale, a rare opportunity to add one to your own collection, the harpoon segment measures 49mm long x 17mm wide x 4mm thick. (Supplied in a display box).