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Copper handle

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(Image credit: M. Lodwick, © National Museum of Wales. CC Attribution Sharealike license)

A hollow copper alloy handle, shown from different angles. The youthful face, with wings coming out from the hair, has been interpreted as the god Mercury. The older face on the other side, with mustache and beard, is believed to be a satyr or the god Pan. A boar's head can be seen on the piece at top.