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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim," September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014.