Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Crozier Head

ca. 1350
Made in France
Overall: 5 13/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (14.8 x 8 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This head of a bishop's staff bears two iconic images: on one side, a Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist; on the other, a standing Virgin and Child with a monastic donor kneeling before her and Saint Denis, the patron saint of France.
M. Charles Mannheim ; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
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