Advent Calendar Day 20

A gold spherical pomander to hold various scents


These baubles are actually pomanders but the resemblance to the classic Christmas decoration is uncanny. The bauble was originally made from glass and made in Lauscha, Germany, by Hans Greiner (1550–1609), the popularity of these decorations grew into the production of glass figures made by highly skilled artisans with clay moulds.

A pomander originating from the late Middle Ages is a ball made for perfumes such as ambergris, musk or civit and would have originally been worn or carried. It is also known as a device to protect against infection or eliminate bad smells. Sometimes they were made with several sections so the owner could make their own bespoke perfume combining various ingredients.

A modern version of a pomander is made by sticking whole dried cloves into an orange which is a popular Christmas scented decoration. 

Left: Pomander
c. 1500 - 1550

4.1 x 5.2 xm
Silver gilt

Two silver and god spherical pomanders, one is open into segments