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POMANDER
MEMENTO MORI

pomander, from French "pomme d'ambre", i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different perfume
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'Memento mori', literally, remember you must die, is a motif used as decoration of various articles of silverware in the form of a reminder of mortality, e.g. a coffin, a death's head or a skeleton. They may be intended as an abstract reminder of death or in remembrance of a deceased person as in the case of the death's head pomander illustrated in this page.

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