Engraved animal sickle handle

UnknownEpipaleolithic period, 13,000 years ago

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Animal images engraved on the oldest sickle handles represent a small number of species – mainly young deer and cattle – which may reflect the beginning of domestication. It is also possible that the animals served as protective spirits or as totemic symbols of different social groups or clans.

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  • Title: Engraved animal sickle handle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Epipaleolithic period, 13,000 years ago
  • Location: Kebara cave
  • Type: Sickle handle
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Bone
  • Exhibition: In The Beginning: Prehistory and the Origins of Myth, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Weisbord Exhibition Pavilion, 13/07/2005 - 08/04/2006
  • Dimensions: L: 22.5 cm; W: 1.6 cm; Th: 0.5 cm
  • Curator: Hershman, Debby