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Silver vinaigrette, Europe, 1701-1900
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Silver vinaigrette, Europe, 1701-1900
Silver vinaigrette, oval shape
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Work Type
Pharmacy
Date
1701-1900
Location
Europe
Measurements
overall: 36 mm x 22 mm x 23 mm, .02kg
Description
Silver vinaigrette, oval shape, one half in form of a skull and cross-bones, other a face, hinged, opening out to reveal 4 compartments complete with sponges inside
Like pomanders, vinaigrettes could be used as a vessel to hold strong smelling substances to be sniffed should the user be passing through a particularly smelly area. At a time when miasma theories of disease " the idea that disease was carried by foul air " were dominant, carrying a vinaigrette was considered a protective measure. Vapours from a vinegar-soaked sponge in the bottom were inhaled through the small holes in the top of the "acorn". If a person felt faint they could also sniff their vinaigrette and the sharp vinegar smell might shock their body into action.
The other side of the vinaigrette shows a face and could act as a memento mori " a reminder of death. The skull was probably hung from a piece of cord or necklace and carried at all times. It is shown here with another skull-shaped example (A642133).
Like pomanders, vinaigrettes could be used as a vessel to hold strong smelling substances to be sniffed should the user be passing through a particularly smelly area. At a time when miasma theories of disease " the idea that disease was carried by foul air " were dominant, carrying a vinaigrette was considered a protective measure. Vapours from a vinegar-soaked sponge in the bottom were inhaled through the small holes in the top of the "acorn". If a person felt faint they could also sniff their vinaigrette and the sharp vinegar smell might shock their body into action.
The other side of the vinaigrette shows a face and could act as a memento mori " a reminder of death. The skull was probably hung from a piece of cord or necklace and carried at all times. It is shown here with another skull-shaped example (A642133).
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ID Number
co133067
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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