Pastoral Staff, about 1300

Pastoral Staff, about 1300

Ivory and bone pastoral staff
Northern Italy
About 1300
Museum no. 604-1902

Together with the mitre and the pectoral cross, the pastoral staff or crosier is part of the insignia of a bishop and some abbots. Carried as a symbol of authority during Mass and religious processions, it looks like a shepherd's crook as a reminder of the bishop's role in looking after his 'flock'.