Betrothal remembered by Sue Evans

Married life, Burghers in the Kingdom of Candy,
A reimagined Arnolfini Portrait.

Window shutters, chattels and Dutch symbols of standing.
Billing doves, hands on hearts, hand on skirt.
Hand on thigh. Sable for him, miniver for her,
A contract witnessed in a convex mirror.

Carved in relief, garlanded on an eggshell,
Dedimunda Deviyo, winged cherubs and Cupid.
Immaculate keepsake, sweet betrothal remembered.

Indo-Dutch carved ostrich egg, Sri Lanka dated 1771

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