Mitre from the convent Seligenthal
A mitre is the headdress worn by a bishop or abbot during worship. As an important insignia of church dignitaries, it was made of precious material. This example shows a representation of the stoning of St Stephen and the murder of Thomas Becket on its reverse. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury and was canonised soon after his death in 1170. The English gold embroideries known as opus anglicanum were highly sought after throughout Europe for their high quality, which also helped spread the veneration of Thomas Becket to the continent. The mitre probably belonged to Konrad von Wittelsbach (d. 1200), Archbishop of Mainz and Salzburg.