Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Buckle Loop 009020

Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Buckle Loop 009020
Extremely Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Buckle Loop
Copper-alloy, 2.26 grams, 19.12 mm. Late 6th-7th century AD. This piece is an interesting example of a fragment of a high-status buckle-loop. The bar for the hinge is present, as well as part of the couched recess for the tongue. The loop is bordered by a raised rim, containing chip-carved zoomorphic decoration is Style I. While decorated plates are a fairly common Anglo-Saxon feature, decoration on the loop (other than geometric segmentation) is very rare and confined to the very highest quality pieces such as the examples from Taplow, Alton and Sutton Hoo. Reference: Marzinzik, S. Early Anglo-Saxon Belt Buckles (Late 5th to Early 8th Centuries A.D.). Their Classification and Context BAR British Series 357, Oxford, 2003. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume I - Early Anglo-Saxon. Extremely Rare. Provenance: found Norfolk.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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