A Collection of Seven Neolithic Prepared Flint Blade Cores known as ‘Motte de Beurre’

A Collection of Seven Neolithic Prepared Flint Blade Cores known as ‘Motte de Beurre’
One with old ink inscription ‘La Guerche’
Flint 
France, Abilly, Loire Valley
Neolithic Stone Age / 8500 – 4500 BC

SIZE: min: 15.5cm high - 6¹⁄₈ ins high / max: 29cm high, 11³⁄₈ ins high 
A Collection of Seven Neolithic Prepared Flint Blade Cores known as ‘Motte de Beurre’
One with old ink inscription ‘La Guerche’
Flint 
France, Abilly, Loire Valley
Neolithic Stone Age / 8500 – 4500 BC

SIZE: min: 15.5cm high - 6¹⁄₈ ins high / max: 29cm high, 11³⁄₈ ins high 
These flint blade cores are unmistakable for their rich ‘butter’ yellow colour hence the term ‘motte de beurre’. Large flint knives were struck from these cores known as ‘Livres du Beurre’ and can be up to 12 inches long. During the Neolithic period flint mines were dug at Le Grand – Pressigny in the southern Touraine and from here the flint cores were traded into Switzerland and beyond, being used as a form of currency.
     These massive cores of flint are thus both banks, and blanks from which all the many and various flake tools were struck that were used for spears, daggers, knives, scrapers and skinning tools. The flint has been sculpted with the shape of the tools last fashioned from it. 
 
Ex Finch and Co 
Ex Private London collection

A Collection of Seven Neolithic Prepared Flint Blade Cores known as ‘Motte de Beurre’

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