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Crozier Head

Made in Naples, Italy
South Italian
Translucent enamels, silver, partial-gilt, niello
Overall: 11 7/16 x 6 1/16 x 1 1/4 in. (29 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm)
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The Latin inscription reads: "Anthony, Lord Bishop of Potenza, had this made, 1457." On the back of the throne of the seated blessing figures are the letters ds pr, certainly identifying him as Deus Pater (God the Father). This crozier and others in several southern Italian church treasures were made in a Neapolitan workshop.
Inscription: JSPR (Dominus Predicator? probably "Deus Pater"); D(omi)n(u)s Antonius Ep(iscopu)s Potentinus Fieri Fecti MCCCCLVII.
From the Cathedral of Potenza, Italy; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (from at least 1904)
Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 99, pp. 212-213, 261.

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