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Head of crozier (crosse); known as the Saint Eusebius Crozier (Pastorale di Sant'Eusebio) (Side 2)

Head of crozier (crosse); known as the Saint Eusebius Crozier (Pastorale di Sant'Eusebio) (Side 2)
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Oropa (Biella), Treasury of the Santuario

N. 01/00085075

Ivory;ebony (staff)

Height: 1620mm (full crozier); 185mm
Width: 90mm (ivory only)

Side 1: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Side 2: Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse).
Kneeling angel supporting the volute. Foliated decoration: vine leaf.

Trento 2002: France, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Carved in the round.

The crozier contains a card label with a cursive inscription 'pastorale di avorio con manico di ebano/si dice Pastorale di S.Eusebio, Vescovo di Vercelli' and a second label with '64'.

May have been purchased by Lombardo della Torre, bishop of Vercelli, for his chapel in the parish church of Santo Stefano in Biella (destroyed in 1872)(see Astrua 1987 and Trento 2002).

Gotico e Rinascimento in Piemonte, cur. by V. Viale, exhibition catalogue, Turin, 1939, p. 246, pl. 15.
P. Astrua, 'La rettoria di Santa Maria Assunta di Netro. Vicende storiche, committenze e documenti figurativi', in La Chiesa di Santa Maria di Netro. Storia e restauro, cur. by P. Astrua, D. Biancolini (Turin, 1987), pp. 35-70 (pp. 47-48).
Il Gotico nelle Alpi, 1350-1450, cur. by E. Castelnuovo, F. de Gramatica, exhibition catalogue, Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, July-October 2002, no. 151 (S. Castronovo).


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