Lucrezia’s Poison Locket (P 599)
Poison festers at the heart of this piece, hidden away in a locket type casket. Detailed with skulls and crimson crystals, the victim is given due warning of the wearer’s malicious intent. The lid holds closed with a magnet catch, making it the perfect place for a deadly stash.
There is no force quite so potent as a woman with infamy and corruption infused indelibly into her blood. Born in 1480 to the wickedly debased Renaissance Pope Alexander VI and his mistress, Vanozza de Catanei, perhaps it was no surprise that Lucrezia Borgia would go on to become the very definition of a duplicitous, seductive and ultimately lethal femme fatale. Irresistible to men and deft with her womanly wiles to bring about their downfall, Lucrezia stopped at nothing to exact her father’s will; executing political bribes throughout Rome and the Vatican City by any means, as well as more extreme solutions.
Any prince or official identified by her father as threatening the family’s status was dispatched with discreet efficiency, using her favourite and most infamous practice; the agonising death induced by subtle poisons. It was rumoured that during her father’s frequent and lavish parties, hosted by herself, Lucrezia would conceal her deadly toxins inside this elaborate locket, to cunningly secrete into her hapless victim’s cup.