PAS-D7AF51: Early medieval silver strapend PAS-D7AF51

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Unique ID: PAS-D7AF51

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Large silver strap-end split at the narrow end for two rivets with one still in position. Below lies a semicircular field decorated with a simple chevron, while the main field is incised with six panels of ribbon knot work divided by curved laddered frames. These borders spring from two central concentric circles at the top and bottom. The terminal is a blunt-nosed animal mask with rounded ears. The design is bold and freely applied. This is a typical 9th century Anglo-Saxon piece both in form and decoration, with a terminal mask of the type seen on strap-ends from southern England. The large size is noteworthy and it matches in length but not weight, two groups of strap-ends from Yorkshire from a northern school thought to be centred in York. The interlace panels are distinctive and are reminiscent of contemporary manuscript illumination, while the border is common to the Trewhiddle style which dominates small metalwork pieces at this period. Despite these unusual features, the execution while competent is not of the highest quality suggesting it is an imitative workshop piece.
Length: 63.3mm, width: 20mm; weight: 11.5g. X-ray fluorescence analysis at the British Museum indicated an approximate silver content of 96 per cent per cent


British Museum treasure case: 2002 T21

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 1

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Brewhouse Yard Museum, Nottingham
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Date from: AD 800
Date to: AD 899

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 63.3 mm
Width: 20 mm
Weight: 11.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st October 2001 - Thursday 1st November 2001

Personal details

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Identified by: Mrs Susan Youngs

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration method: Multiple
Decoration style: Zoomorphic

Surface Treatment: Multiple

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
To be known as: Caunton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
Current location: Brewhouse Yard Museum, Nottingham

References cited

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Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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