Anglo-Saxon 'Spiral Filigree' Zoomorphic Strap End 015000

Anglo-Saxon 'Spiral Filigree' Zoomorphic Strap End 015000
Anglo-Saxon 'Spiral Filigree' Zoomorphic Strap End
Copper-alloy, 4.22 grams, 35.01 mm. 8th century AD. A finely-made strap-end of split-end construction. The upper edge is formed as three lobes, the central one being pierced for the attachment rivet. The upper zone consists of three triangular fields, two bearing substantial remains of filigree and niello inlay in a complex spiral pattern; the third has vestigial remains of a similar infill. Beneath this is a pair of spiral-filled sub-circular motifs representing the beast’s ears, and below this is a sub-triangular nasal panel with flanking roundels (the eyes). The nasal is decorated with a panel of s-scroll filigree. The decoration is typical of the 8th c. Anglo-Saxon Insular Style, found for example on the Coppergate helmet. Reference: Smith, R.A. British Museum Guide to Anglo-Saxon Antiquities, London, 1923, p.107, fig.131 and Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.60-2 fig.47 (detail). Very fine condition.
 
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