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Lady on a Knife Handle

Lady on a Knife Handle

 

This knife handle, found in a chest on the main deck of the Mary Rose, features a decorative hexagonal copper alloy end cap. Two of the sides feature human figures, a gentleman and a lady. There are various interpretations of these figures, from them being the knife’s owner and his wife to depictions of a king and queen, due to their resemblance to the traditional playing card images.

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