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REF 041   Skull Pomander Pendant

A rare silver death's head skull pomander pendant, circa 1680 - 1700, designed to remind its owner to prepare for death by leading a virtuous life. The hinged skull, with pierced eyes, opens to reveal compartments for perfumes or spices - those commonly used to mask unpleasant odours included musk, lavender, mace and nutmeg. The skull is 1 and 1/8 inches long and 2/3 of an inch wide and in excellent condition. For similar early silver skull pendants, see Hull Grundy Bequest, British Museum and Croft Lyons Bequest, Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Portrait of A Lady Wearing A Skull Pomander  : Cornelis de Vos 1622

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