Tiny Mountains Pride.

A wee Champions Scroll based on a leaf from a late 15th c Burgundian book of hours, picturing Death personified as a skeleton, at the beginning of the Office of the Dead. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 3.5″ by 5.5″, close to the size of the exemplar. Exemplar. Source: Sotheby’s Calligraphy and sketch….

Nitra Temple rings/Earrings, trial run.

Ælfflæd has been exploring the 9th c Principality of Nitra, in modern day Slovakia. These ca 9th c bronze temple ornaments/earrings from Nitra Castle caught her eye. So I made her some. Source: West Slavs in Archaeology. Source: Ruttkayová & Ruttkay. The sources I have are limited and do not list size or details of…

Insular Mountain Sun

A Baronial award based on the 13th century Irish Cormac Psalter. Gouache and India ink on paper. Folio 122r Folio 60r Interestingly, this manuscript uses both Insular Majuscule and Insular Miniscule. I choose to use Insular Majuscule, as that was used on my inspiration page. The height of the text is graduated, also based on…

Tree Block for Finn

I carved this block for Kateline to use making trim for a tunic for Finn. It’s 4″ in diameter and incorporates a charge from his arms inside a roundel border. Tree and future border space. The border design is loosely based on Sogdian samite textiles and their later imitations. Sources: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,…

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…

Medieval Russian finds of printed fabric.

There is scattered evidence of block printing on fabric in 10th-12th c Russia. These are the four fragments I’m aware of: 2 from Chernigov, 1 from Kiev, and another from near Lake Ladoga. The two Chernigov fragments are dated to the 11-12th century, and have been reconstructed as large round designs. The originals were printed…

S-shaped temple rings found in Hungary and Romania

S-shaped terminal temple rings , found commonly in West and East Slav contexts like Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and NW Russia, are also found in Hungary and Romania. These areas are the Carpathian Basin and Transylvanian Basin/Plateau, respectively. S-shaped terminal lock rings/ temple rings from Dábáca. Source: Gáll 2013. Carpathian and Transylvanian basins pre 19th…

Joy of the Summits

A collaborative project with Fjorlief inHaga. Gouache and India ink on Bristol, 11″ by 14″. Illumination by Fjorlief, based on the 1397 Kiev (also called Spiridon) Psalter. Calligraphy by me. Text from the Summits ceremonial. Peacocks in the Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter,…

Tiny Viscounty

A Viscounty for Turk, based on a Dutch book of Hours ca 1470. Period pigments, commercial gouache, and India ink on pergamenta. 4″x 6″, sized to match the exemplar. I swapped the recipient’s arms into the initial, and rearranged the text block slightly. The peacock in the border was perfect, since his arms also feature…

Temple Ring pendants part 3: Coil temple rings and bells.

The three tiered pendants I made earlier needed different temple rings in order to match the actual find. This particular set was found attached to temple rings with a coil terminal, next to a chain with a bell attached, as seen on the bottom left, below. Source: Glasov I made these temple rings in much…

Italian Friend of the Summits.

A little Friend of the Summits. Hand mixed and modern gouache, India ink and finetec gold gouache on pergamenta. Approximately 6.5″ x 9″. This piece is based on the ca 1475 Piccolomini Breviary, from Lombardy. The exemplar is even smaller, at about 4″ x 6″. I was inspired by several pages, and used the layout…

Tiger of St Francis Charter

A charter (preprint) for the Summits, based on a 14-15th c Russian manuscript from Moscow. Source: Vzdornov Designed, waiting for calligraphy. The text was written in a pseudohand to emulate Cyrillic. Painted. Of these versions, the blue and the green are most typical of the tetralogical style. Sources: Vzdornov, G. I. Iskusstvo Knigi v Drevneĭ…