University Scepter

North German

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16

University scepters, generally made in pairs during the Middle Ages, were carried at the head of academic processions and signified the authority of the university faculty. The engraving on the handle states that this scepter was given in penance to the cathedral chapter of Lübeck in 1478. The circumstances are unknown, but it is probable that the heraldic shield with the arms of the bishopric of Lübeck and the figure of Saint John the Baptist, one of the patron saints of the cathedral, were added at this time. It is thought that this scepter was made for the University of Rostock and that its mate, much altered, is now in the St. Annen- Museum in Lübeck.

University Scepter, Silver and silver gilt on an iron core, North German

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