Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 16.65 grams, 49.96 mm. Circa 10th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy strap end with tongue-shaped plate formed as a symmetrical placement of voids, of Thomas's Type E2. The upper edge is pierced by two domes rivets. The outer face is decorated with punched-point detailing to the edges of the voids. The design is derived from a motif of a central anthropomorph with raised arms against a foliate background. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-Ends 750-1100, Part 2, London, 2004 items 25-6. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found Cumbria, UK.