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Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images

Smell is one of the senses least associated with art. Intriguingly, its role in that domain takes center stage in Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images, organized around 140 perfume bottles drawn from the collection of the Umi-Mori Art Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. Dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, the containers range from commercially produced bottles to flacons created by such legendary jewelers as Boucheron, Lalique, and Fabergé. Accompanying them are works of art depicting the various uses of scent, from the medicinal to the spiritual to the romantic. Fragrant plants add an actual olfactory component to the show, which extends outdoors.