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Crozier with the Virgin and Child, and the Crucifixion
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Crozier with the Virgin and Child, and the Crucifixion


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Description Croziers, or staffs of office in the form of shepherds' crooks, were carried by both bishops and abbots. Carved on one face of the crozier are the Virgin and St. John flanking the Crucified Christ; on the other, the Virgin holds the Christ child between two candle-bearing angels. The fine carving of the figures is complemented by such details as the delicate vine leaves around the edges of the scenes. A few ivory croziers are known from this period, but the majority were made of pieces of rock crystal and enameled and gilded copper.
Exhibitions
  • Treasures from Medieval France. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1966-1967.
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance John Edward Taylor, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John Edward Taylor Sale, London, July 1, 1912, no. 82; Seligmann Brothers, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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Period
1350-1360 (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.231
Measurements
5 5/16 x 4 9/16 x 1 in. (13.5 x 11.6 x 2.6 cm)
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