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

Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic 'Trewhiddle' strap end



Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic 'Trewhiddle' strap end

Period: 9th century

Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy strap-end with split terminal to accommodate the strap and two rivet holes. The zoomorphic terminal has a short snout and large rounded ears. The central panel has a classic Trewhiddle animal design. Between the central panel and the rivets is another small panel containing a stylised palmette. Plain reverse.

This strap end is Thomas Class A, Type 1 - Trewhiddle style.

Length: 3,5 cm

Reference: Nigel Mills - Saxon & Viking Artefacts, AS 23 / AS 34

Article code: 13-1022

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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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