This is small (2 3/4" x 4") black wooden shrine which holds a wee (2 1/4" by 3 1/2") cabinet card photo of a young woman. The photo is bordered with embossed off white edges. Her arms are raised and her hands are clasped behind her head. The edges of her cabinet card photograph are embellished with tiny black buttons and faceted antique black beads. A bronzed flaming heart sits above her.
I've named her Louisa, and here is her story.
Lou refused to participate in convention. She flouted rules and shrugged at the consequences. When her parents insisted she sit for a portrait, to be sent to a prospective suitor, no less, she did the only thing she felt that she could under the circumstances. Her defiance, confidence, and singularity defined her.