Current Exhibits

A selection of our current exhibits

  • Processional silver cross

    The cross shown here is silver with hallmarks from 1805 or 1809. Stamp marks on metalwork objects usually certified their precious metal content. Further stamps had to do with legal stipulations.

    The cross has an eight-piece foot with a double hallmark in the rhombus containing a large ‘C’s and another with an ‘8’, denoting 8-Lot silver. In addition, there is a stamp with crossed keys. At the foot of the cross is an inscription: ‘1470’ in Gothic numerals.

    On the front of the cross, the ends of the top half branch out into trefoils. Trefoils are a common element of the late Romanesque and Gothic style and consist of three, outward-pointing circular arcs with the same radii as inscribed in a circle.

    Left and right can be found the single letters ‘F’ and ‘H’ (probably the owner’s initials). At the top is the inscription ‘IH. CROS’, the abbreviation for ‘Jesus Christ’. The inscription ‘INRI’ (‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’) can be found above a relic window in the shape of a Teutonic Order cross. The trefoil on the lower end is decorated with a black, wolf-like animal in a blazon. The ring at the top end once served to attach a securing tape to ensure the cross did not fall during prayer processions.

    The reverse shows an engraving of St. Christopher with the Infant Jesus and has a removable piece of the True Cross under clear quartz along with the coat of arms of an unknown bishop.

    The inscription ‘receptacle containing the confirmation from Rome of the authenticity of this piece of the True Cross’ can be found on the bottom plate. This was the certificate of authenticity of a relic issued by a bishop. The foot of the cross is hollow, presumably it once held the now-lost certificate. The processional cross comes from the Margarete Sperl collection. It was a gift from His Magnificence Günther Georg Bauer, privy councillor of Salzburg.

  • Screw-medal from Abraham Remshard

    The silver screw-medal at the Mining and Gothic Museum dedicated to the Salzburg émigrés of 1731 and 1732 comes from the workshop of master craftsman Abraham Remshard in Augsburg.

    The term ‘screw-medal’ refers to medal-like trinkets consisting of two parts threaded together. The production of screw-medals and screw-coins began in the late 16th century and continued until the first half of the 20th century.

    Abraham Remshard’s workshop in Augsburg was one of the leading firms but screw-medals were also made in Vienna and Nuremberg.

    Most of these objects produced after around 1730 are not only signed but contain valuable copper engravings, like the one at the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum.

    The front of the screw-medal shows an emigrating family in a landscape, with Salzburg’s mountains in the background. God the Father can be seen in the clouds overhead with a banner above him reading, ’Leave your Fatherland and friendship(s).’

    On the reverse is King Frederick William I of Prussia receiving a delegation of Salzburg émigrés. Over this is another banner which reads, ‘The kings shall be your keepers.’ The coloured copper engravings inside the screw-medal show maps of Salzburg and Prussia as well as 17 scenes from the history of the Salzburg émigrés of 1731 and 1732.

  • Painting of Old Leogang

    The oil painting Alt Leogang by Michael Hofer has special significance for the region, as images of the municipality of Leogang in the mid-19th century are extremely rare.

    If you view the centre of Leogang from the south, hardly anything has changed since Michael Hofer’s day. As then, the parish church of St. Leonhard and the historic ‘Kirchenwirt’ with its listed stable and farm buildings characterise Leogang in all its picturesque uniqueness.

    It is assumed that the current parish church is at least the fourth sacred building to stand on this spot. The original patron saint of the church was St. Giles, but since 1477 it appears to have been St. Leonard, the so-called ‘God of Bavarian’.

    St. Leonhard’s Church is unique because of the mighty iron chain around it. This rare motif is only found in churches dedicated to St. Leonhard, the ‘chain saint’. The people say ‘Mit seiner großen Ketten tut Leanhascht Leut und Vieh erretten’. (‘Leonhard will save the people and livestock with his chains.’)

    St. Leonhard is pictured with a chain, as he strives to liberate prisoners. Since the 11th century he has been regarded as the patron saint of livestock, particular of horses. Incidentally, St. Leonhard’s Church is the only one of its kind in the archdiocese of Salzburg.

    Behind the buildings on Hofer’s oil-on-cardboard painting is the picturesque backdrop of the Leogang Mountains, or ‘Pinzgau Dolomites’. The painting belongs to the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum and bears Hofer’s handwritten title with his birth and death dates.

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