Abbot or bishop's crook, end of the 18th century
The processing technique, perfect and of great quality, is based on the use of fire and enamel.
France XVIIIth Century
Dimensions: Height 29 cm X Width at the top 11.5 cm
The pastoral consists of three parts:
The upper part, the real curl: the perimeter ends with the head of a snake and on the upper part of the incurvature one reads , on both sides, in red glaze "AVE MARIA GRA [TIA] PLEN [A]".
In the center of the tondo are represented the Madonna and the Archangel Gabriel to depict the scene of the Annunciation.
The central part, the node: is composed of two trunks of spheres joined by a belt engraved with a burin; above and below there are leaves with the center of the turquoise set. The knot ends at the top with a crown of leaves worked in full relief.
The lower part, the graft: it is shaped like a hollow cylinder and was used to hold the rod. It is trimmed on the three sides by downward descending serpents and the base color of the enamel is blue, with tendrils in red and gold. 18th century According to the style of the Limousines glazes of the end of the Middle Ages.
This pastoral work is directly inspired by the Pastoral Care of Bertrand de Maesang Abbot of Montmajour Abbey, kept in the Louvre museum (Inv. MR R 810) and dating back to the beginning of the 13th century.
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