A copper-alloy strap end found near Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Tongue-Shaped Strap-End (DENO-1268B3)
A copper-alloy strap-end found near Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
An incomplete, copper-alloy strap-end with anthropomorphic designs. These types of strap-ends were popular in both Scandinavia and on the Carolingian continent between the 9th and 10th centuries and were regularly used to embellish baldrics. Strap-ends came in various styles and were fairly common throughout the Viking world. They were used to decorate the ends of belts and to stop them getting damaged.