Triton, a mythological creature, half-man, half-sea serpent, forms this silver handle now detached from its original vessel. Triton once held a trident, a frequent attribute of sea beings, in his left hand, and gilding elaborated much of the handle's surface. The figure's torso would have stood up over the rim of the vessel as a decorative element. The scaly lower body of Triton formed the functional part of the handle. The acanthus leaves from which the torso emerges served to hide the join between the handle and the rim of the vessel.
The form of the handle suggests that it was originally attached to an oinochoe or pitcher. Such an elaborate oinochoe would have been part of an ornate set of serving and drinking vessels owned by a wealthy person.