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Head of a Crozier

ca. 1175–1225
South Italian
Ivory, traces of polychromy and gilding
Overall: 6 5/16 x 5 5/16 x 7/8 in. (16 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Shaped like a shepherd’s crook, a crozier is carried by bishops and abbots as an emblem of their authority and their role in guiding the faithful.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Ivoires, orfèvrerie religieuse, pierres. Vol. 2. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 29, fig. XXIII.

Bárány-Oberschall, Magda von. "Contributi alla tipologia dei pasterali in osso dei secoli XIII-XIV." Corvina 26, no. 1 (1953). p. 25, pl. I.1.

Hayward, Jane. "Sacred Vestments as They Developed in the Middle Ages." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 29, no. 7 (March 1971). p. 308, fig. 17.

D'Onofrio, Mario, ed. I Normanni: Popolo d'Europa 1030–1200. Venice: Palazzo Venezia, 1994. no. 106, pp. 431–32.

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