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A bronze war‐trumpet constructed with an animal head (usually a boar with the tongue forming a clapper) atop a long straight tube, at the base of which is a curved mouthpiece. Held upright in battle, its purpose was probably to produce noise and panic. In use by the 2nd century bc; some rather fine examples are illustrated on the Gundestrup cauldron.

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