A large filigree silver gilt ball form pomander.
Spanish, circa 1700.
Measures 6 x 4cm excluding loose bail.
The silver gilt pendant composed of fine filigree work would have contained a scented mixture, a vinegar soaked sponge, amber gris or even a bezoar and depending on the contents would protect from various ailments. The ball is suspended from a large bail which would have been worn on a chain as a pendant or on a belt or girdle. The pendant is closed securely by a long bolt which screws into a corresponding threaded collar within.
At a time when plague and disease was rampant, the medical theory was that disease was carried by foul air. A pomander was considered an effective measure to protect the user of such illnesses.
Similar examples can be found in the collection of the Victorian and Albert Museum, registration numbers: 849-1892 and 328&A-1864.
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