5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Pomander

This is a 360-degrees QTVR of a Renaissance pomander.

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A pomander carried beneficial odours around with the wearer. It was held in the hand, hung from a belt or worn as a pendant around the neck. Often made of precious materials and pierced to allow the scent to be emitted, it opened out so that perfumed substances such as musk, amber or fragrant resins could be placed inside it.

Pomander (open)
14th century, Italy
Silver, with gilding and 'niello', a black inlay. With Latin inscriptions relating to the Judgement of Paris.
V&A: M.205-1925