Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 019276

Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End 019276
Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 9.18 grams, 46.41 mm. Circa 10th century AD. A narrow copper-alloy strap end of a type influenced by Scandinavian design, the split end plain with a single piercing, and with the rivet still in place; the plate developing into an animal head in plan in the form of a serpent with lentoid eyes and powerful jaws gripping a dragon-head executed in profile with its prominent lower jaw, fangs and snout forming the terminal of the piece; the profile head executed in Ringerike Style and pierced in two places; the whole piece modelled in the round with detail on the reverse. Reference: cf. less elaborate strap end in Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.98 fig.85. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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