Cup, copper-gilt and crystals

Cup, copper-gilt and crystals

Cup

Copper-gilt and crystals
Herrengrund , Hungary (now Spania Dolina, Slovakia); about 1700
Inscribed in German 'I come from iron but the power of the water has turned me into copper in a mine in Herrengrund'.

This is a souvenir from about 1700 of the Herrengrund copper mines in Hungary. Its inscription alludes to the miracles wrought by the local water. High in copper sulphate, the water collected in hollows and deposited copper on to iron scraps. In the centre of the cup is a miner at work, surrounded by crystals of iron pyrites.