Anglo-Saxon 'Convex-Sided' Zoomorphic Strap End 019510

Anglo-Saxon 'Convex-Sided' Zoomorphic Strap End 019510
Anglo-Saxon 'Convex-Sided' Zoomorphic Strap End
Copper-alloy and enamel, 5.65 grams, 36.47 mm, 8th-9th century AD. A classic form of Middle Saxon strap end, its rounded upper end with two circular piercings to accept attachment rivets (lost in antiquity). The plain convex sides converge to form an animal-head finial with c-shaped ears, prominent brow and eyes. The central field of the strap end is decorated with a curved zoomorphic design reserved against a recessed field filled with enamel. The upper end is split across its width to accept the end of a strap or narrow belt. Reference: Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.98 fig.69n. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Yorkshire, England.
 
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