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Anglo Saxon

Silver Strap Ends

Anglian strap ends

These beautifully crafted objects were found in Nether Poppleton, near York.

They're a great example of just how skilled the Anglo Saxons were at working metal.

Although they had a function  - to prevent the ends of a belt from fraying and make it easier to thread - they would have been expensive and must have been viewed as a form of jewellery.

The intricate design is very Anglo-Saxon, involving intertwined lines and animal shapes.