Exhibitions/ Art Object

Crozier of Abbot Erkanbald

before 1011
German (Hildesheim)
Silver with gilding
H.: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim (DS 7)
Not on view
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.
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.