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14 different examples are identified within the north, or even within the a ways north of Scotland,15 and in eire. 172 Triplism and a number of photos determine seventy seven Stone triple-faced head, with olive wreath and with ram’s head and chicken on best floor: Reims. Musée St Rémi, Reims. peak approx. 27cm. picture: Miranda eco-friendly. Triple-faced photographs might take numerous kinds. they might seem easily as three-faced heads, without connected physique. on the other hand a unmarried physique might be surmounted through 3 faces or heads. the picture might sound by itself or linked to attributes or different photographs that could supply a clue to its identification. The triple-faced god of the Remi (Figures seventy six, seventy seven) is a particular and homogeneous sort. sixteen slightly sooner than the whole Roman part, pre-Roman cash of the Remi occasionally painting the three-faced photograph. 17 this can be very important because it exhibits that this kind was once well-known as an idea earlier than the burgeoning of Celtic spiritual artwork in the course of the Romano-Celtic interval. Triple heads happen additionally 173 Symbol and photograph in Celtic spiritual artwork linked to sun symbols on pre-Roman Urnfield and l. a. Tène metalwork in Europe. 18 the most three-faced god-type of Reims and its environs is characterised via the portrayal of a frequently bearded head with 3 combined faces, one fullface and the others in profile, in order that there are shared good points. the pinnacle is generally within the type of a quadrangular block, really stylized, with a bay-leaf crown. versions from Reims itself includes small pillars crowned with 3 faces. 19 The tops of a number of the Reims blocks undergo photos of a ram’s head and a poultry, commonly interpreted as a cockerel. 20 On a aid from Soissons21 the portrayal is largely comparable yet with a distinct depiction of a ram and cockerel underneath the pinnacle. A carving of similar shape comes from Entraigne (Loiret). 22 The organization of symbols is fascinating as the beasts are the traditional attributes of the classical Mercury. This hyperlink is additional more suitable by way of one Reims stone23 the place Mercury seems to be in complete Roman guise on one floor and on one other is the three-faced photograph. That 3 used to be a distinct organization among Mercury and the Celtic triple-face in northern Gaul is indicated through a aid from Paris the place a triple-faced god24 holds a ram’s head in a single hand and Mercury’s handbag within the different, and is observed through the classical god’s logos of goat and tortoise. much more attention-grabbing during this context is a stone from Malmaison the place an outline of Mercury and his Celtic consort Rosmerta is surmounted via a bearded triplefaced image,25 the relative positioning probably implying the pre-eminence of this a number of shape during this sector. So in sure situations in north-east Gaul, the triple-faced god is associated with Mercury in his Graeco-Roman or Celtic shape, therefore allying the Celtic triple-deity with the function of prosperity assumed through the Celtic Mercury. it might be deceptive to take it without any consideration that the picture used to be itself that of a Celtic Mercury. 26 the truth that the Malmaison iconography portrays Mercury and a separate triple-faced picture exhibits their distinctive identities.