The Testimony of Hands

36.14.239, stone knife

36.14.239, knife blade (fragment)
Southern Mexico (pre-A.D. 1550)
Ferdon-Hollenbach-Hibben collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

This large flint knife was rather thin and delicate, which contributed to its damaged state. The surviving portion is 23 centimeters (9 inches) long. The knife was most likely ceremonial—created as an offering, perhaps. A functional knife, for use in a handle, would have been thicker to resist shattering.

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