Handaxe knapped around a fossil shell, West Tofts, Norfolk, England, Ca. 500,000-300,000
Flint5 x 3 x 1 1/8 in. (13.2 x 7.9 x 3.5 cm)
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Reproduced by the permission of the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Accession no. 1916.82/Record
First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone
January 27 - April 28, 2018
First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is the first art museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, with examples dating back more than 2 million years, some handaxes are equally fascinating for their non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities.