HAMP-A930E2: Early-medieval strap-end

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STRAP END

Unique ID: HAMP-A930E2

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A fragment of a early medieval copper-alloy strap end, dating to the period 750-950. The strap end is of Thomas' Class B, Type 4 with zoomorphic terminal and multi-headed decoration. The strap end is sub-triangular in shape with a zoomorphic terminal beyond a trio of transverse grooves. The terminal is in the form of a forward facing animal head with prominent rounded eyes, snub snout and drilled nostrils. The strap end is cast in one piece but the attachment end is split into an upper and lower plate to allow the strap material to be fitted (this is missing). The surviving body of the object is undecorated, as is the reverse (which is flat). The strap end has a mid green patina and is worn. The object is 25.64mm long, 2.63mm wide tapering to a point, and in total weighs 1.77g.

Thomas (FRG 32) states that the distinctive muzzled animal head, replicated at the terminal, reappears on a selection of metalwork of Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian origins, including strap-end mounts from Borre, Vestfold, Norway. There is also a parallel on the database: YORYM-38EEB2.

Class: Class B, Type 4.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.24 mm
Width: 2.63 mm
Weight: 1.77 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Identified by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Secondary identifier: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 282

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Codford

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Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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