Crozier Head, Translucent enamels, silver, partial-gilt, niello, South Italian

Crozier Head

Date:
1457
Geography:
Made in Naples, Italy
Culture:
South Italian
Medium:
Translucent enamels, silver, partial-gilt, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 7/16 x 6 1/16 x 1 1/4 in. (29 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.590
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 (American), London and New York (from at least 1904–1913)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

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.