Avar, Strap End, Dragonesque, One-sided, c. 6th-7th Cent AD
Copper alloy; 51mm/12.4gm
Con/ As Cast: glossy green patina, both attachment pins in place
Sellers Note/ This beautiful strap end features wonderful sinuosity, nearly in Celtic style, with dragon heads in an S-shape pattern. Rare in this sublime condition. As noted before, the Avar's liked lots of shiny adornments, the more the better!
A number straps were attached to their belts, which in turn hung down and created a flashy bling as they rode their horses into battle. This is certainly one of such flashy strap ends.