Ornamental mounts

These gilded fragments may have adorned books, altars or reliquaries. Their use is, so far, unknown, but they are clearly highly decorative. One is clearly a wing, the other appears to be some sort of sprouting rod or staff.  This is a symbol with Old Testament origins relating to Aaron, but also with St Joseph of Arimathea. Glastonbury has two legends associated with it that relate to sprouting staffs. One is the cult of St Benignus, reputedly an Abbot in 472 whose staff burst into flower when he reached Glastonbury on a pilgrimage from Ireland. The other is the legend of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Thorn.

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