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Mining iconography
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Mining iconography deals with the representation of activities involved in mining in the graphic arts. Only a few examples from antiquity have survived; the numbers increase when we reach the high Middle Ages: around 1200 the legendary discoverers of the Mansfeld copper shale (“Nappian and Neucke”) were represented as corbel figures in a chapel near Eisleben; these are considered the earliest examples of Central European mining iconography.


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Slotta, Rainer, “Mining iconography”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024246>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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