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…

Russian Pelican

This was a collaborative project with members of the Thornwold Scriptorium (Jadwiga Radomyskowa, Ursula von Frieberg, and Valka Siggadottir). The assignment was a surprise Pelican scroll for a Russian persona. We determined to use the tetralogical style, so Valka picked a lovely 15th c Muscovite gospels as the exemplar. Source: Vyzdornov This piece is unfinished,…

Roman Carp Text

The text for this award was loosely based on the format of Roman military diplomas, which granted citizenship and other benefits to retiring soldiers. Recipients kept their customized copy, while one listing the entire regiment was kept in Rome. Diplomas were generally two bronze tablets wired together, with a case for lead seals on the…

Vindolanda style award.

A Carp, the An Tir persona development award, for Vesta. 3″ x 9″, carbon black ink on maple veneer. Vesta’s Roman persona gave me several ideas for a not completely traditional scroll. I settled on a document based on the very thin wood tablets/fragments found at Vindolanda. The Vindolanda tablets are a corpus of documents…

15th C style Charter for Summits

A 15th c English inspired charter/preprint for the Summits children’s award, Die Geschellschaft Von den Guldenen Sternen. The calligraphy is based on the exemplar, and the text is from the Summits Ceremonial. This will be printed out and painted in to make award documents. The exemplar , the ca 1450 Black Book of the Admiralty….

Tiered bronze temple ring pendants, part 2

I’ve completed two of the sets of bronze tiered pendants I started, one two tiered and one three tiered. These are meant to hang from medieval Russian temple rings, as in the example below: I am looking at the middle and bottom right sets specifically. I had previously cut out and decorated the trapezoidal components:…