The eagle lectern

The bronze eagle lectern originates from around 1230-40 and is a further example of the importance of Hildesheim as a centre of high-quality medieval casting handicraft.

The eagle carries a dragon in its fangs, which is said to symbolise Christ triumphing over Satan. The original can be found in the cathedral museum. There is, however, a copy of the eagle lectern in the cathedral, next to the high altar, where it serves as an ambo.