3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm


Gold and silver, spherical, eight-sectioned pomander, used to carry fragrant scented petals and herbs. Some of the segments are inscribed with the name of the contents; 'rosen', 'ruten', 'moscat', 'canel' and 'rosmarin'. It was used with the aim of freshening the air and so keeping the plague at bay when it was sweeping across the world from the 1320s onwards.

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