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Crozier

Silver-gilt with enamel

Origin: Probably London

Date: c. 1501

181 cm height

Provenance: Presented to Corpus Christi College by Bishop Fox (1448-1528)

On loan from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, by generous permission of the President and Fellows; LI.305.1

St Peter in the crook is the patron saint of Winchester, of which Fox was bishop from 1501. The pelican feeding its young with its own blood, a symbol of Christ, was Fox’s personal emblem.
In Western Christianity, the bishop carries a staff as the "shepherd of the flock of God".