8 Annas: Sins

This 8 Annas image uses a silver band to create a halo effect which proclaims the aunties’ heroic status. The word “”sins” references the “Lady from Starkey” limerick, which contains an offensive “joke”, featured in John Masters’ 1954 novel about Anglo-Indians, “Bhowani Junction” . The lyrics portray mixed-race relationships and their issue as “sinful”, with a playful tempo that resembles a nursery rhyme, suggesting that representations of mixed-race relationships as transgressive and degenerate are available from infancy onwards.

The full limerick may be found at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049007/characters/nm0001257

Masters, J. (1954) Bhowani Junction. Souvenir: London. P.170