Very fine polished shouldered stone axe from the late Neolithic Period, Nan Province Thailand, near the Lao Border. I acquired a collection a few of these in 2009 and this is the best of the lot. The stone is very hard and cannot be scratched on the polished surface with steel. .It is in very good condition with only a couple chips on the softer part of a still serviceable cutting edge. This feels good in the hand and is incredibly thin given the length of it (please see side angle). Most like a used as a funerary or sacrificial item as it does not appear to ever have been used, and may be considered a sacred piece. Originally, an incredible amount of work was done in creating a stone object like this, from the knapping all the way to the grinding down and polishing to achieve this result. L: 15cm/5.9in and center W: 6cm/2.4in. Please note reference in last enlargement from Burnished Beauty: The Art of Stone in Early Southeast Asia.