Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy is recovering in hospital after an assault left his face covered in blood following a rally in Milan.
He suffered two broken teeth, a minor nose fracture and cuts to his lip after being struck by a man wielding a souvenir model of the city's cathedral.
Mr Berlusconi, 73, tried to assure supporters afterwards he was OK.
The alleged attacker, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with throwing the souvenir.
Alleged attacker Massimo Tartaglia was detained at the scene
Massimo Tartaglia, 42, had no previous criminal record, police were quoted as saying.
After the attack on Sunday evening the prime minister, looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. He got out and tried to climb on the car to show he was all right, before being driven away.
It was a typical show of defiance by a political fighter, says the BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Rome.
Mr Berlusconi insisted he was well at the hospital.
'Metal or plaster'