Casket covered in gold and inlaid with blue and green enamel figures.


made of enamel,
panels in peacock plumage,
in crimson and ivory patches,
in frames of gold.

poured into pictures,
of wide-eyed faces,
of white-winged boats,
of bursting baskets.

fished out of night,
luminous, solid,
age-old, valid,
with veins of gold.

Christina Egan © 2014

Image: Casket from court of Aquitaine (around 1180). With kind permission of the British Museum.  http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_mla/e/enamel_casket.aspx


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