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This complete silver strap-end belt fitting is decorated with an open-mouthed collared animal, whose tail forms a loop and is interlaced with a scroll. Another animal head can be seen on the tip of the fitting. It has bulging eyes, comma shaped ears and a trefoil on its forehead. The rivet to attach the fitting to a belt is still intact.
Context: Found north of the abbey church on 12 June 1925
Date: Early 9th century
Dimensions: h 40mm x w 11.5mm x d 4.5mm
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