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Crozier of Abbot Erkanbald

German (Hildesheim)

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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.

Crozier of Abbot Erkanbald, Silver with gilding, German (Hildesheim)

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