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Silver-gilt strap end fitting

Anglo-Saxons, 10th century AD

Found by a metal detector in Warnford, Hampshire, in 2005.

This small decorative object from the end of the strap is already incomplete, but you can still make out an amusing three-dimensional drawing of an animal in the late Anglo-Saxon Winchester style of art. The rectangular plate with mounting holes depicts several intertwined beasts. A fanged creature, possibly a wolf, appears to be biting the head of another creature while simultaneously attacking its rump. Only small traces of gilding are now preserved.