SF-5D38E9: Middle Saxon Trewhiddle style strap end

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Unique ID: SF-5D38E9

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An almost entirely complete cast copper-alloy Middle Saxon strap end dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 750-900. This example is of Thomas' class A1axiv, 'Split-end strap-ends of convex form with zoomorphic terminals decorated with a single field of Trewhiddle style adornment, depicting two interlaced animals'. The strap end survives virtually complete with the exception of the rivets and one corner of its backplate, both missing in old damage. The strap end is broadly sub-triangular in plan, demonstrating curved sides that taper along their length towards a zoomorphic terminal which takes the form of an bat-like animal's head with large ears, pellet eyes and a pointed snout. The upper portion of the strap end is bifurcated, two circular apertures reflecting the original siting of two rivets that would have served to attach the strap-end to a strap. Below this is a crescent-shaped panel largely obscured by surface encrustations, followed by a longer sub-rectangular panel that takes up the majority of space on the front face of the strap end. Within this area, two serpent-like animals (their bodies decorated with circular dimples) interlace and coil around each other, their heads opposing each other at the very top of the panel. The base of the latter is divided from the aforementioned zoomorphic terminal by means of a single transverse groove. Preserved in good condition with an even green patina, it measures 41.08mm in length, 11.21mm wide where the rivet-apertures are sited, 11.57mm wide by 2.43mm thick at its midpoint and weighs 6.54g.

Compare broadly with examples published by Thomas (2000) see pp. 497-498.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.08 mm
Width: 11.21 mm
Thickness: 2.43 mm
Weight: 6.54 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 9th December 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Exning

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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