Anglo-Scandinavian 'Knotwork' Strap Fitting 020266

Anglo-Scandinavian 'Knotwork' Strap Fitting 020266
Very Rare Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Knotwork' Strap Fitting
Copper-alloy, 13.60 grams, 35.90 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A belt or strap fitting in the form of a triangular mount with pierced lobe terminal and a second piercing in the centre; the main design is a knotwork panel. Below this is a transverse slot to accept a strap, belt or bridle. The findspot is close to the site of a battle in 991 AD between the local Essex ealdormann, Byrhtnoþ, and a Viking army commanded by Ólaf Tryggvason, commemorated in the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon. Reference: cf. design on cast strap-end in Wilson, D.M. Anglo-Saxon Metalwork 700-1100 in the British Museum, London, 1964, item 135. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Maldon, Essex, England.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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