An Antique Perfume Container
960 – 1279 AD
The tear drop shaped ornament is made from a sheet of gold and decorated with repousse, chasing and cut out gold. The perfume container is made in two halves with one fitting tightly into the other. Between the two leaves would be placed fragrant leaves or other scented material. The ornament would be suspended from the belt or attached to a shawl.
White Julia M and Bunker Emma C: Adornment for Eternity; Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament. P 186 #98