May 5, 2005
Lacquer jewellery box: self portrait series part 2
This jewellery box belonged to my mother when she was a small girl. It is unusual because it still has the original key.
It also still has the original ballerina.
I have never kept jewellery in this box -
only small fragile sentimental objects I never had anyplace else to put -
a dried nosegay from Prague - once plump with lily of the valley,
the head of a perfect salmon coloured rose,
a magnolia blossom,
the carcass of a fat bumblebee,
shells from the Bamfield Marine Science Station,
and the mouth-parts (aristotle's lantern) from an unfortunate sea urchin disected in third year biology.