GERZEAN FLAKE KNIFE
PREDYNASTIC PERIOD

EGYPT
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COPYRIGHT AUGUST 31, 2012 PETER A. BOSTROM

      This Gerzean knife was made on a long narrow and curved flake. Unlike the "classic" Gerzean knives that begin their manufacturing process with a percussion flaked preform that's been ground smooth on both sides, these types of Gerzean knives were made on edge trimmed flakes. The preform for this knife was made by trimming the edge to the desired shape by pressure flaking. The decorative parallel pressure flaking was applied to the smooth surface of the flake. No grinding was necessary. Most of the opposite side is the original flake surface.

Gerzean Predynastic knife made on a flake.

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