Spice tower, about 1500-1600. Museum no. M.40-1951

Spice tower, about 1500-1600. Museum no. M.40-1951

Spice tower
Italy
About 1500-1600
Copper gilt
Museum no. M.40-1951

The end of the Sabbath is marked by the 'Havdalah' (or 'separation') ceremony. Three blessings are said, over wine, a candle flame and spices.

The V&A acquired this spice tower in 1951. Before entering the museum, it had been turned into a reliquary (a container for a relic of a Christian saint) and a cross was added to the orb. There is still a relic inside the tower.