Pomander.

Pomander.
3 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Description

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.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10289169

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