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An Extremely Rare Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenian" large carved bone fishing hook, France. SOLD
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Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenien Culture" c.17,000 to 12,000 BP. An Extremely Rare Upper Paleolithic "Magdalenian" large carved and polished bone fishing hook excavated in a Cave in Ariège, in the Occitanie region of Southwestern France in the early part of the 20th Century and from an old French collection. (Full details of the cave and location found etc will be included). [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 fishing hook is totally intact and in excellent condition for ancient bone with good sound surfaces. "Magdalenien" bone items are extremely rare and seldom ever appear for sale, and then rarely feature an item such as this, grab this rare opportunity to add one to your own collection, the fish hook measures 54mm long x 11mm at widest wide x stem 5mm thick.