Pyramidal mount by Unknown Artist

The strap fitting is a high status object, to be associated with a royal rank in Anglo-Saxon society.

Details

Medium:
Gold & garnet & blue glass
Dimensions:
Width: 2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £22,000)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detector user near Dorchester and declared Treasure in 2003.

Venue details

Dorset County Museum High West Street, DORCHESTER Dorset DT1 1XA 01305 262 735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Entry details

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