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Decorated copper alloy aestel handle 67mm, with foliage design and gilding on stamped circular punch decoration. Baltic.
07-MAR-2012

Decorated copper alloy aestel handle 67mm, with foliage design and gilding on stamped circular punch decoration. Baltic.

The other side of this decorative artefact is flat and smooth. I interpret it to be the handle of a manuscript pointer (like a modern yad or a medieval aestel), with the actual pointer now missing from its slot (like the back of other examples, it is "suitable for sliding smoothly across the surface of a page"). Alternative interpretations for the missing part that would have fit into the collared depression could include a slim knife blade or perhaps a pin, though neither of these would be consistent with the flat reverse. Views welcome!

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