Baton with engraved wild horses from Abri de la Madeleine.
(Bâtons de commandement or bâtons percé or batons perforé or pierced batons are thought by some to have been spear straighteners, (which may be why they are often found broken at the hole). There are many other theories as to their use.
The ability to bend is an integral part of why they are able to be thrown such long distances. The bend stores up energy which is released in the form of extra speed as it leaves the spear thrower.
Many are decorated with carved or engraved animals, and the most usual explanation of their use is that they were used for straightening spears and arrows, and as spear-throwers.
This baton has been engraved on a reindeer antler. Four horses in Indian thread can be seen on one side and 3 others on the back.
The abri de la Madeleine provided a large number of remarkable pieces: pierced sticks, engravings, sculptures and other burials. Two objects are particularly cited, the buffalo licking itself and the hyena, a very well preserved reindeer antler propeller.
Height: 10.6 cm.
Diameter at largest: 5 cm.
Length: 30.5 cm.
Period : (-16000 years before B.P.).
Place of discovery: commune of Tursac in the Dordogne.
Conservation: Palaeontology Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History (Paris).
Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to restore the appearance of the original model.
The moulding was made by taking an impression of the original model, the dimensions and weight are identical to the original.
The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and to view it more easily from all angles.
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
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