Anglo-Scandinavian 'Beast Head' Strap Fitting 022822

Anglo-Scandinavian 'Beast Head' Strap Fitting 022822
Rare Anglo-Scandinavian 'Beast Head' Strap Fitting
Copper-alloy, 6.27 grams, 20.05 mm. Circa 10th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy fitting in the form of an animal's head with pierced lobes above the hollow ears. The fitting is U-shaped in section and D-shaped in plan, with a prominent median ridge for the nose and annular ridges for the eyes. The fitting seems to have been designed to accept a pair of cords or thongs through the upper holes and to cover the point where they were spliced into a thicker band. The design of the face is similar to a series of disembodied beast-head elements found in the decoration of manuscripts from the later 10th and 11th centuries, incorporating both Carolingian and Scandinavian influences. Reference: cf. beast-head motifs in the Ramsey Psalter (BL Harley MS2904) folio 4 initial B and The Rule of St. Benedict (BL Harley MS5431) folio 7 published in Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H. and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984 fig 27 (Rule) and plate IX (Psalter). Very fine condition, crisply moulded and complete. Provenance: found Wiltshire, England.


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