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Home     Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle zoomorphic strap end
Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle zoomorphic strap end

Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle zoomorphic strap end



Anglo-Saxon Trewhiddle zoomorphic strap end

Period: 8th-9th century

A finely made Trewhiddle strap end with split-end terminal to accomodate the strap and two rivet holes.  
The main body has three tear-shaped fields with their pointed ends facing the split-end. Beneath the main body are the beast's ears with spiral patterns in silver. The nasal panel is decorated with silver triangular and several spiral patterns, leading down to the snout with a silver spiral on top. Plain reverse side.

Thomas Class A5c
Length: 3,8 cm

Ref: Thomas, G., 2000. A Survey of late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age Strap-Ends from Britain.

Article code: 14-3206

Available: 1


165.00 
Price: € 150.00

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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.  

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