Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 023558

Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End 023558
Anglo-Saxon 'Winchester Style' Strap End
Copper-alloy, 9.53 grams, 32.02 mm. 9th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy strap end of Thomas's Class E type 1 variant, tongue-shaped with a straight attachment end and rounded terminal. The attachment end features two circular rivet holes, one filled with corrosion. Below the face bears a bear's head modelled in the round with semi circular ears, slight brow ridges and short blunt muzzle. Inlaid niello ring-and-dot forms the eyes. From the mouth project branching tendrils forming the rounded terminal executed in openwork. Reference: Thomas, G. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age Strap-Ends 750-1100, Part 2, London, 2004. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at Cossington, Somerset and recorded with the PAS under reference SOM-45C877.

 
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