Description: A partially polished stone axehead with a gentle posterior taper and polished at the cutting edge. Some chips to the butt, some small chips and a larger end chip to the cutting edge and overall surface wear, otherwise condition good. From the Boudenib area, eastern Morocco, close to the border with Algeria.
Size: 90 mm/3.5 ins. in length and 60 mm/2.4 ins. across the cutting edge
Culture: Saharan Neolithic
Date: c. 5th - mid 3rd Millennium B.C.
Provenance: Ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey (and with his collectors mark).
Background: Mr Fred Clark (1923-2016) ran the Old Curiosity Shoppe, The Quadrant, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, in the 1970’s-1980’s selling a range of collectables. A passionate collector and field-walker, he built up a fine collection of antiquities, notable for British prehistoric items, a significant number of which he obtained through trade with Dr. H.A. Fawcett. Like Fawcett, he was meticulous in documenting his collection, even the most humble tools were catalogued and fully labelled with locality, accession number and his characteristic monogram.