Anglo-Norman Strapend

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Item Name Anglo-Norman Strapend
Period 11th - 12th century
Culture Anglo Saxon
Discovery Site Winchester
Country Winchester, England
c. 1050AD
M. Biddle (1990). Object and Economy in Medieval Winchester, cat. no. 1060. Clarendon Press: Oxford.


Bronze strapend with openwork ornament of acanthus-derived tendrils. Broad tongue-shaped strapends with foliate decoration were introduced to England via Continental influence in the 10th century, eventually supplanting the native narrow animal-ornamented style. This is a late example - though stratigraphy does not allow dating closer than the 11th to mid-12th century, the plant stem ornament has closest parallels in southern English manuscripts of the second quarter of the 11th century. Suits this buckle.


Length: 49mm
For Strap Width: 26mm
Weight: 15g


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