Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Beast Head' Strap End
Gilt and silvered copper-alloy, 11.19 grams, 30.85 mm. Circa 7th century AD. A two-part strap end comprising a hollow-cast chip-carved copper-alloy plate with stylised animal-head detailing. The gilded design elements are framed by thick plain borders, retaining some of the original silver plating. The strap end extends to a rectangular plate above, through which two pins pass into a separate silvered upper plate to trap the belt or strap. The quality of the chip-carving and gilding is very robust. Reference: cf. strap end from Barham, Suffolk, in West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology, Ipswich, 1998, p.123 item 69. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.