A copper alloy strap end found in 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.