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".