crozier, crosier, 12century, France, England, medieval, serpent, religious, abbey
This is a crosier that probably belong to a pastoral abbot in late 12th century England or France. The serpent on top of an abbot's staff could symbolize healing, wisdom, and Jesus. It also could be a reference to Moses' staff.
Last 3rd of the 12th Century
Gilded Copper (99.2%) and Lead (0.8%)
English or French
12.4 x 8.1 cm (4 7/8 x 3 3/16 in.)
Christopher Bruno, “Crozier,” CB 51 Gallery, accessed July 28, 2021, https://gallerytest.omeka.net/items/show/180.