Anglo-Saxon 'Beast Head' Strap End 027677B

Anglo-Saxon 'Beast Head' Strap End 027677B
Anglo-Saxon 'Beast Head' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 7.89 grams, 44.09 mm. 9th century AD. A cast convex-sided strap end with split to the rear edge, of Class A Type 1. The upper edge is pierced twice with palmette detail between, four ornamental panels, three tongue-shaped ears and thickened beast-head finial with triangular brow and annular eyes. The ornamental panels comprise two s-scrolled tendrils and two rectilinear key-patterns. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-ends 750-1100: Part I, The Finds Research Group AD700-1700, Datasheet 32, Sleaford, 2008. Extremely fine condition, chip to one corner. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, UK.
 
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