Anglo-Saxon 'Interlaced Beast' Class A2 Strap End 020416

Anglo-Saxon 'Interlaced Beast' Class A2 Strap End 020416
Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Interlaced Beast' Class A2 Strap End
Silver, 4.66 grams, 42.97 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A cast strap end of the classic convex-sided format comprising a palmette motif below the attachment holes. The central panel features a single Trewhiddle Style beast enmeshed within an interlace design. The finial is a blunt-muzzled beast-head with a palmette on its brow. The execution of the animal design is unusually crisp and carefully made, and the animal's double outline is reminiscent of earlier Style II beasts. The silver rivets are still present within the holes. 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. Provenance: from an old collection formed in the 1980's.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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