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Copper-alloy buckle plate. Square at one end and triangular at the other. With one thicker edge, a zoomorphic loop, central panels with cross, and cross and spiral motifs, and an end panel of key design. This is surrounded by light punchmarks and heart shapes, bordered by an egg motif. The triangular end area is tendril-filled, bordered by quadrupeds pointing to a human face. The square end near the loop is thick and heavily ridged, with signs of having been filed. An oval hole was cast in the plate and an oval buckle loop attached to the rim of this hole by four rivets. Each rivet forms the eye of an animal head, with an ear, curving open jaws and a finely hatched outer edge. One pair flanks the base and a second pair flanks the point of the tongue. The loop between the animal heads consists of a punched wave and dot design with a finely hatched outer edge, and is covered in silver foil. The tongue is transversely grooved at the base and has a rudimentary animal-headed point.  The middle of the plate is occupied by two square panels, the one nearest the loop being divided by a large cross with smaller cross motifs arranged diagonally. The other square is divided into four with a cross motif in the middle and two spirals in each quarter and a stepped square in the corner. The tops of the ridges of these designs are emphasized by inlaid silver wires. A narrow panel with a key design separates this panel from the triangular end panel.  On each side of these more deeply contoured panels is a plainer zone decorated only by light punch marks of semicircular shape, triple dots, and tendril scrolls. Outside this is another border covered in silver foil, with punched running spirals with a dotted background, and at three points this extends inwards in a heart shape containing a leaf with dots and hatching. Outside this is a line of hatching, and then an egg motif that is probably cast.  The triangular end panel contains a double spiral and tendril design divided centrally, emphasised in silver wire with two silver inlaid dots surrounded by a border covered in silver foil containing wave and dot punch marks. This points towards a full face human head, outlined by four bands, of which one with hatching may represent hair. On each side of the head (facing the head unlike the other animals) are two limbed border quadrupeds largely covered in silver foil with curving open jaws of which the lower jaw is obscured by a rivet. There is a rudimentary ear on each and the tail is short and curls upwards. A pellet occupies the space below the jaw and neck and the body is covered with herring-bone hatching, suggesting fur, with a double curved line at the front joint. At the triangular tip two minute birds’ heads are back to back. Rivets for fastening to the belt are in each corner of the rectangle and one at the mouth of each border animal. The mount has a slight convex curve, as have all the other pieces.

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Copper-alloy buckle plate. Square at one end and triangular at the other. With one thicker edge, a zoomorphic loop, central panels with cross, and cross and spiral motifs, and an end panel of key design. This is surrounded by light punchmarks and heart shapes, bordered by an egg motif. The triangular end area is tendril-filled, bordered by quadrupeds pointing to a human face. The square end near the loop is thick and heavily ridged, with signs of having been filed. An oval hole was cast in the plate and an oval buckle loop attached to the rim of this hole by four rivets. Each rivet forms the eye of an animal head, with an ear, curving open jaws and a finely hatched outer edge. One pair flanks the base and a second pair flanks the point of the tongue. The loop between the animal heads consists of a punched wave and dot design with a finely hatched outer edge, and is covered in silver foil. The tongue is transversely grooved at the base and has a rudimentary animal-headed point. The middle of the plate is occupied by two square panels, the one nearest the loop being divided by a large cross with smaller cross motifs arranged diagonally. The other square is divided into four with a cross motif in the middle and two spirals in each quarter and a stepped square in the corner. The tops of the ridges of these designs are emphasized by inlaid silver wires. A narrow panel with a key design separates this panel from the triangular end panel. On each side of these more deeply contoured panels is a plainer zone decorated only by light punch marks of semicircular shape, triple dots, and tendril scrolls. Outside this is another border covered in silver foil, with punched running spirals with a dotted background, and at three points this extends inwards in a heart shape containing a leaf with dots and hatching. Outside this is a line of hatching, and then an egg motif that is probably cast. The triangular end panel contains a double spiral and tendril design divided centrally, emphasised in silver wire with two silver inlaid dots surrounded by a border covered in silver foil containing wave and dot punch marks. This points towards a full face human head, outlined by four bands, of which one with hatching may represent hair. On each side of the head (facing the head unlike the other animals) are two limbed border quadrupeds largely covered in silver foil with curving open jaws of which the lower jaw is obscured by a rivet. There is a rudimentary ear on each and the tail is short and curls upwards. A pellet occupies the space below the jaw and neck and the body is covered with herring-bone hatching, suggesting fur, with a double curved line at the front joint. At the triangular tip two minute birds’ heads are back to back. Rivets for fastening to the belt are in each corner of the rectangle and one at the mouth of each border animal. The mount has a slight convex curve, as have all the other pieces.

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