English Anglo-Saxon - Zoomorphic Openwork Strap End
Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking
GBP (£) 100 - 150
EUR (€) 120 - 180
USD ($) 120 - 190
Sold for (Inc. premium): £98
Circa 8th-9th century AD. A fine, large example of a Middle Saxon openwork zoomorphic strap end cast in copper-alloy, the split and scrolled upper edge pierced to accept two attachment rivets, of which one is still in place and the plate decorated in openwork running scrolls within a frame with segmental decoration; the terminal an animal head in plan with volute ears, bulging eyes and square snout. 70 mm; 11.29 grams. Fine with full patination.
Webster & Backhouse, 1991, p. 85, fig. 66m.
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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