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Cultures/periods: Anglo-Saxon

Production date: 8thC(late)

Made in: Europe: British Isles: England: Northumbria

Materials: copper alloy

An openwork D-shaped belt made of copper alloy, the straight end thickened and bifurcated to accommodate the belt, which was fastened with a single rivet piercing the central ledge; the curved side extends to the pointed ledge in the center. Originally, the entire surface was tin-plated. A semicircular openwork ornament of two counter birds trapped in a plant scroll occupies the main part of the bowl: both faces are decorated with incised details such as scrolled wings, beaks and eyes, but only one of them shows feathers and leaf veins: the lobe at the end of this face is also decorated with a carved and dotted animal mask.