ANGLO SAXON ZOOMORPHIC STRAPEND, CIRCA 9TH CENTURY AD.

ANGLO SAXON ZOOMORPHIC STRAPEND, CIRCA 9TH CENTURY AD.

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A beautiful copper-alloy Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic strap-end, circa 9th century in date. The terminal takes the form of a stylised animal head with a rounded snout and large ears. The attachment end has two rivet holes and is split to accommodate the leather or fabric strap. The central section is decorated with engraved cells which form a geometric pattern. The cells were originally inlaid with niello, which still remains in the top right hand cell. When new, the bright copper-alloy would have contrasted with the black niello, creating a striking visual effect. This beautiful piece has an attractive dark green patina, and is of the finest late Anglo-Saxon style.

Dimensions: 47 mm x 15 mm.

Classification: Thomas Class A, Type 1 (Trewhiddle Style). Haldenby, Group 3 (Animal to right looking back).

References: Gabor Thomas, (2003) Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age strap-ends 750-1100: Part 1 Finds Research Group AD 700-1700, Datasheet 32.

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