A Bishop is many times referred to as a shepherd for his flock, the diocese. The shepherd’s crook is therefore the sign of his trade. The Bishop’s crosier resembles a shepherd’s crook with a crooked end meant to retrieve lost sheep, or to rescue sheep that have fallen down crevices. This Bishop’s crosier came into the collections around 1800, but was made in the 13th Century in Limoges, France, a city well known for enamel works.
Maker: Unknown, Limoges
Height: 236 mm