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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A bishop's staff with a crooked head, symbolical of his authority and function as a shepherd in spiritual matters of the souls in his diocese.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Pastoral Staff'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/p/pastoral-staff.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.