Anglo-Saxon 'Beast-Head' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 6.85 grams, 49.92 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A flat-section strap end narrowing to a beast-head terminal with triangular ears, ridged brow, scalloped muzzle and rounded nose. A separate plate with a pin is soldered to the underside, to trap the leather or fabric strap to which it was attached. This form is similar to Thomas's Class B Type 4 but lacks the multi-head feature of that type. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap Ends 750-1100 - Part 1, Finds Research Group Datasheet 32, 2003. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, England.