baton de commandement

bâton de commandement

[French bah-tawn duh kaw-mahn-duh-mahn]
an Upper Paleolithic instrument possibly used as a shaft straightener, often made from the main beam of an antler and having one or more perforations through which a shaft could pass.

< French: literally, staff of command; so called because it was originally thought to function as a sign of authority Unabridged
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bâton de commandement (bɑtɔ̃ də kɔmɑ̃dmɑ̃)
an antler object found in Upper Palaeolithic sites from the Aurignacian period onwards, consisting of a rod, often ornately decorated, with a hole through the thicker end
[literally: baton of command, although the object was probably actually used in making shafts for arrows and spears]

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