Scabbard chape; 800-900; 1978.77




Scabbard chape

About this object

A copper alloy chape from the bottom end of a sword scabbard. It depicts either a Christian Tree of Life or the Norse Yggdrasil. Found by a metal detectorist at Dixies Meadow, Ashwell.
Hertfordshire Historic Environment Record entry .
This protected the bottom end of a sword scabbard. It is unusual as it depicts either the Christian Tree of Life or the pagan World Tree (Yggdrasil) and is influenced by Viking art.

Date Made



Early medieval (411-900)

Medium and Materials

Metal | Copper ally


Letchworth Museum

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