Anglo-Saxon 'Silver Panelled' Zoomorphic Strap End 010880

Anglo-Saxon 'Silver Panelled' Zoomorphic Strap End 010880
Anglo-Saxon 'Silver-Panelled' Zoomorphic Strap End
Copper-alloy and silver, 5.94 grams, 45.33 mm. 8th-9th century AD. The strap end features a stylized head at the tip with a rounded muzzle and inverted chevron brow ridge, with a lozengiform silver panel with inlaid spiral ornament. The vesica-shaped eyes flank the muzzle. Above the brow are two oval panels with triangular inserts. Above these are two rectangular silver panels with inlaid spiral detailing. Above this is a semi-circular field, its upper edge scalloped to respect the two rivet holes above, with a reserved triangular panel inside. The piece is divided lengthwise to accept a belt or strap. Reference: Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.98 fig.69n. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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