English Anglo-Scandinavian - Zoomorphic Strap End
Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking
GBP (£) 80 - 100
EUR (€) 94 - 117
USD ($) 99 - 124
Sold for (Inc. premium): £69
Circa 9th-10th century AD. A narrow copper-alloy strap end of a type influenced by Scandinavian design, the split end plain with a single piercing, and with the rivet still in place; the plate developing into an animal head in plan in the form of a serpent with lentoid eyes and powerful jaws gripping a dragon-head executed in profile with its prominent lower jaw, fangs and snout forming the terminal of the piece; the profile head executed in Ringerike Style and pierced in two places; the whole piece modelled in the round (with detail on the reverse). 46mm; 5.90 grams. Fine with full patination.
Cf. Smith, 1923, fig. 131(4).
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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