Silver, Parly Gilded and Jeweled Episcopal Staff

early 19th Century

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In the form of three detachable octagonal sections with two gilded baluster collars engraved with stylized flowerheads set with rubies and with borders of rubies, topped by a globe set with diamonds and rubies surmounted by two phantasmagoric serpents facing each other, a diamond-set crown between, the heads of the serpents with mantles of diamonds, the mouths outlined by emeralds and diamonds, the bodies chased with scales, probably Constani-nople.