Anglo-Norman 'T-shaped pierced' Openwork Bulbed Strap End
Copper-alloy, 13.79 grams, 42.82 mm. Circa 11th century AD. A cast ball-ended strap end with slightly expanding profile. The outer zone features two circular piercings, terminating in three globular projections. Behind this, the field bears a T-shaped piercing and a double ridged border. The rear edge of the piece features a stepped recess, probably the remains of a cruciform piercing at the point of fracture. Two attachment rivets are in place on the reverse. Reference: published in Hammond, B. British Artefacts Volume 3 - Late Saxon, Late Viking & Norman, p.47, item 1.3-n(a); Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, England and recorded with the PAS under reference: YORYM-7DBOC0.