The strap fitting is a high status object, to be associated with a royal rank in Anglo-Saxon society.
Pyramidal mount by Unknown Artist, early 7th century
© Dorset County Museum
- Gold & garnet & blue glass
- Width: 2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,000 ( Total: £22,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The fitting was functional and would have been attached to the suspension straps of a sword or seax scabbard where they tightened the scabbard suspension loop.
Discovered by a metal detector user near Dorchester and declared Treasure in 2003.