Pomander, possibly Tunisian, 1904.

Image number: 10305708

Pomander, possibly Tunisian, 1904.

Marked silver disc-shaped pomander, with a loop for suspension, decorated with intricate open-work filigree. Pomanders were small ornamental containers filled with aromatic substances and were originally designed to be kept about the person, in the belief that they both perfumed the air and warded off disease and plague. This example is made in the shape of a pocket-watch and would have been worn in the same way. The band and pendant bear a stamp with the name 'TUNISIA', presumably its place of origin.

Image number:
10305708
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:52
Image rights:
Science Museum