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What is this?

Pyriform, on circular foot, the eight hinged segments with the silver figure of an amor in various guises on a gilt ground, opening with eight segments, numbered on the body with Roman numerals, the segments with sliding labelled covers inside labelled with scents and spices, I- Musque, II-Jeseme III-Jonquille IV-Tubereuse V Binjouin VI Pastille VII Ambre VIII (missing label); in a contemporary conforming shagreen case.

This is a pomander from France. It is dated 1682–83 and we acquired it in 1997. Bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

cast, chased, engraved and raised silver, bold gilt silver; sharkskin, wood, silver (case)

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 6.8 x 4 cm (2 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Crowned "A: date letter (Dijon, 1682-3) on inside of Section II, and maker "M" mark on Section I, Dijon assay mark with fleur-de-lys on Section III

This object was bequest of Joan W. Leidesdorf

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