Anglo-Saxon 'Zoomorphic' Strap End 006121

Anglo-Saxon 'Zoomorphic' Strap End 006121
Anglo-Saxon ’Zoomorphic’ Strap End
Silver, 7.90 grams, 36.25 mm. Circa 9th century AD. An unusual example of an Anglo-Saxon convex-sided strap end. The body of the piece is divided into three fields by transverse lines. The upper field contains two rivet-holes with incised surrounds, with additional lateral lines. The central field features two zones of incised lattice work – none of the incisions extend across the full width of the piece, suggesting that the craftsman worked on one side while holding the piece at the other side, then turned it to work on the other side. The lower field contains a zoomorphic mask with large roundel eyes and incised details. Reference: Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.98 item 69(n). Extremely fine condition. From an old English Collection; ex Mclay Collection.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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