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Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic strap end

Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic strap end



Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic strap end

Period: 10th-11th century

Elongated zoomorphic strap end with split-end terminal to accomodate the strap. The sheet-metal back-plate is incomplete. Central panel with linear decorations ending in three-dimensional animal head terminal, designed to be viewed in profile. Plain reverse side. Most similar to Thomas, Class I.

Length: 4,6 cm.

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

Article code: 14-3428

Available: 1


Price: € 30.00

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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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