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Crozier of Abbot Erkanbald

Date:
before 1011
Culture:
German (Hildesheim)
Medium:
Silver with gilding
Dimensions:
H.: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 7)
  • Description

    Croziers—staffs shaped like shepherds’ crooks—are symbols of office for bishops and abbots. This example is a tour de force of narrative imagery depicting the Fall. On the stem and crook are a budding tree of twisted branches, Eve offering an apple, and Adam eating the forbidden fruit. The scene in the volute appears to show God condemning Adam after the Fall.

  • Provenance

    Cathedral Treasury, Hildesheim (since ca. 997 or before 1011); Dom-Museum Hildesheim

    Documentation: Victor Heinrich Elbern, Der Hildesheimer Domschatz (Hildesheim: Lax, 1969), no. 7; Michael Brandt and Arne Eggebrecht, eds., Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen: Katalog der Ausstellung, Hildesheim 1993 (Hildesheim: Bernward Verlag/Mainz: Ph. v. Zabern, 1993), vol. 2, pp. 495-496.

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