On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

Functional jewelry, pomanders were filled with strongly scented aromatics used to ward off disease and sanitize the air. Each remedy was enclosed in a hinged hollow segment with a sliding lid, held in place at the top by a screwcap with a loop for a chain or cord. The segments are labeled for their contents: cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, clove, amber, and schlag (short for schlagwasser, a mixture of brandy and flower petals).

Pomander, Silver gilt, German

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