Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic Trewhiddle 'Knotwork' strap end

Period: 8th-9th century

Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic Trewhiddle 'Knotwork' strap end
Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic Trewhiddle 'Knotwork' strap end
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Article code14-3213
Very decorative Trewhiddle strap end with split-end terminal to accomodate the strap and one rivet hole. Part next to the rivet hole is missing. Central panel with intricate knotwork design, nicked border to imitate beading. Stylised animal-head terminal. Plain reverse side.

Thomas Class A1a
Length: 3,7 cm

Ref: Thomas, G., 2000. A Survey of late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age Strap-Ends from Britain.
In Northern Europe strap ends have been used since Roman times and remained popular among the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Merovingians, and Frankish tribes. They were attached to straps to prevent them from fraying or curling (functional), but also had a decorative appeal as their added weight made them hang down vertically. There is a great variety of shapes and decorations, some have very intricate patterns or zoomorphic designs. They can range from the fairly plain to very ornate pieces, made from silver or silver-gilt.  


Period Anglo-Saxon, Dark Ages
Category Artefacts
Material Copper (alloy)