Le Tau — Un Attribut ou un Insigne Liturgique?

Dąbrowska, E. (2007) Le Tau — Un Attribut ou un Insigne Liturgique? Acta Archaeologica, 58 (2). pp. 341-363. ISSN 0001-5210

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The Tau — an attribute or liturgical insignia? The head of the Tau Cross indicating the authority of the bishops over earthly matters originates from texts and archaeological finds dating from the 7th century. It originally took the form of a curved wooden cane. From the beginning of the 8th century there also emerged a cane with a horizontal finish in the form of the letter ‘T’ — Tau. Up to the present time there exist thirty-three examples of the Tau form made from elephant ivory, walrus ivory, bronze or wood. These were found in England, Ireland, Scandinavia, France, the German Empire, Poland and Portugal. They all originate from the period between the 8th and 12th centuries but most of them are from the 11th and first half of the 12th century. While the origins of this form of Tau Cross are not entirely clear it undoubtedly has its roots in antiquity but not from the Byzantine period where the prelates used a different type of cane altogether known as a ‘Rabdos’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History / történeti segédtudományok > CC Archaeology / régészet
Depositing User: Endre Sarvay
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 14:13

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