Strap end

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From Hurly Hawkin, Angus

Postcard of Strap end.
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Strap end

This bronze strap end was found at Hurly Hawkin in Angus. It is an Anglo-Saxon type, made between 800 and 900.

The strap end is ornamented with three animal masks in high relief, one at the tip and two facing each other in the centre. There is a single rivet at the split end, where a fragment of leather also survives.

Metal strap ends were attached to leather straps, both for horse harness and human belt fittings, to protect the ends of the straps. The leather rarely survives, but the metal fittings, often ornamented, are fairly common.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-967-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HHA 30
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Bronze; single rivet in split end; fragment of leather remains in split end; back plain, face decorated with three animal masks in fairly high relief, one at tip, two facing each other in centre
Where: Scotland, Angus, Liff and Benvie, Hurly Hawkin
Description: Anglo-Saxon bronze strap end decorated on the face with three animal masks in fairly high relief, from Hurly Hawkin, Angus
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