I think sighthounds make very attractive shapes that remind me of Anglo Saxon objects.
For example, isn't this lovely and perfectly greyhound-like?
n zoomorphic strap-end -
This amazing ninth-century ring bezel - surely that is a sighthound? Though one with a plumy tail and feathers so maybe a little more like a saluki.
Silver ring 775-850, found in the river Thames at Chelsea
The Strickland Brooch, mid-9th century.
These are more doggy dogs - they could almost be exaggerated spaniels with their short bodies, round noses and feathered paws and tails.
The British Museum thinks that 'The Anglo-Saxons did not have pets like we do today, but dogs were used for hunting and protecting the home.' This strikes me as an extremely dubious statement. How can they possibly know that? *Frowny face*
Does anyone know when this sort of elaborately knotted animal image got the label 'Celtic' stuck on it? And why?