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  • Date:

    1600-1619 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Clarke-Thornhill Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 21

The gilded lid of this pomander or scent container can be removed to release six segmented compartments which are hinged at the bottom. The form imitates a western European 17th-century object but the ornament is closer to silver made in the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey was at the heart of the Empire) and it was bought in Persia. It was common for court silversmiths in Istanbul to produce objects in western fashions.

Physical description

Parcel gilt Pomander


1600-1619 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt

Object history note

Clarke-Thornhill Gift

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
This pomander or scent container was bought in Persia. The style imitates a Western European 17th-century object. The ornament is closer to Ottoman silver, however, and was common for court silversmiths in Istanbul produced objects in western tastes. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

possibly Ottoman; [lid later]

Subjects depicted



Containers; Metalwork; Personal accessories


Metalwork Collection

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