A fine German Turned Serpentine Stone and Silver Tankard.

A fine German Turned Serpentine Stone and Silver Tankard.

c. 1640 Germany

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A Fine German 17th. century Serpentine stone and Silver Tankard
A precious stone of particular importance in Kunstkammers was Serpentine, mined in Zöblitz..Serpentine, which can be cut and polished, was found in Zöblitz 500 years ago. Legend has it that a shepherd‘s boy was the „Inventor of serpentinite carving“ and even Martin Luther is said to have drunk his beer from a mug made of serpentine rock around 1524. The scholar and scientist Georgius Agricola, known as „the father of mineralogy“, refers in one of his works published in 1546 to the serpentinite carvers from Zöblitz and their artistic masterpieces which can still be admired in many exhibitions, museums and churches around the world. Some of the most beautiful pieces are exhibited at the museum and in the town church of Zöblitz.

Height 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
Diameter 12.50 (4.92 inches)
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