Gold belt buckle from the Sutton Hoo ship burial Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century AD, Suffolk, England. No fewer than thirteen creatures decorate the buckle’s surfaces. The plate and round tongue shield feature writhing snakes and intertwining four-legged beasts. Their bodies are highlighted with punched ornament filled with black niello. Stylised snakes biting their own bodies slither on the loop, while at the tip of the buckle, two animals grip a small, dog-like creature in their jaws.