Description

    Custom Knife with "Gem" Dinosaur Bone Handle and Jasper Blade
    Artist: Greg Nunn
    Jurassic
    , Morrison Formation
    Utah, USA

    Extended viewing of this exotic combination gives rise to two observations about time. One is the span of geologic time encompassed by the dinosaur bone that forms the "grip" or handle of this knife: a span of some ten million years, which began 156 million years ago. That is how long the Morrison formation lasted and how long ago it started. The Morrison represents the greatest concentration of dinosaur remains in North America, and possibly the world. This beautifully patterned piece of bone was part of a living dinosaur then, and it is part of a beautifully crafted object - now. The second observation concerns the blade and the ancient techniques involved in its formation. The skill set involving "knapping," the use of stone, bone or other materials, to create sharp edged objects of serious utility, cannot be over-estimated in the evolution of human culture and civilization. Knapping as a technique is old: crudely flaked tools accompany some of the oldest hominid remains. The mastery of knapping is not an easy skill to acquire, as an extended study of arrowheads and spear points will show. Greg Nunn, the artist who flaked the green Imperial Jasper blade of this knife, is a contemporary master of the art of "edge to edge pressure flaking" and would have been a revered and treasured member of any tribal group making use of such objects. If things go bad, he may still be.
    The two concepts regarding time, come together in the Jurassic Paleo knife, seen in this Lot. The dinosaur bone is beautifully replaced trabecular bone, with a wonderful cellular pattern in colors of: red, gold, black, and a few spots of colorless, translucent agate. The blade looks to be made of Nephrite Jade, and it has the hardness of Jade, but Nephrite doesn't flake and this blade is a fabulous combination of precisely controlled flaking and the proper raw material. The Jasper comes from a deposit about 50 miles NW of Guadalajara, Mexico. The 4.3 inch (11 cm) blade is signed and numbered - you'll have to look very closely. The overall length is 8.3 inches (21.1 cm). This knife is sharp! If you have this, and you know where McBurney's point is, you'll be ready for that appendectomy.
    Overall Measurements: 8.3 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches (21.1 x 4.0 x 1.7 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
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