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A parcel-gilt silver pomander, made in Italy in the 16th century; features a niello inscription. ***Pomander - a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris, musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, & were usually perforated and made of gold or silver.
Recent discoveries have raised questions as to the authenticity of Renaissance jewelry in many collections, including some pieces in the Walter Museum.Technical examination on serveal Walter's pieces were undertaken to address this issue and to shed light on the oveal problema of dating 16-17cen European jewelry.
Pomander shaped as an apple, of silver, silver gilt, and niello. The sections of the body of the pomander are held in place by a pin with a screw section at the top, the whole attached to an octagonal gadrooned head to which is hinged a quatrefoil handle. Inscriptions run around the edge of each section relating to the Judgement of Paris, the interior and exterior decoration of scrolling foliage and geometric patterns. Place of Origin: Italy (made) Date: ca. 1350 (made)