Hollow bead temple rings, part 2

I had previously made 21 beads from sheet bronze for temple rings like the 12th c hollow bead temple rings found at Vodskaya near Novgorod.   In the Vodskaya finds pictured below there are between 4 and 9 beads per ring. I choose to make mine with 9. The hoop generally has a spiral or…

Collegium Handouts 2017

  I had a lovely time teaching at An Tir Collegium this year. My classes were:  Temple Rings East and West, and an adaptation of my Novgorod fur trade paper from KASB earlier this year. Handouts are here, as well as on the collegium thumb drives. Temple Rings West and East FortyPeltBundle Collegium  

Food, livestock, and game in the Novgorod birchbark documents

Many birchbark documents from Novgorod discuss trade, tribute or debt. Food appears frequently as a medium of exchange, as tribute, or simply in a shopping list. Various cereals are mentioned often including rye, barley, wheat and oats. Other items such as peas, hops, cheese, beer, wine, fish, game, livestock and flax appear as well. I…

Birchbark documents in Novgorod. 

Much of Novgorod’s casual personal and business correspondence was carried out on birchbark, including collections and records of debts, directives from landowners to peasants, shopping lists, child’s writing practice, personal letters, and much more. (Thompson 56-63, Petrova et al 38-40, Franklin 37) Birchbark is also found as containers, fishing floats and shoes. (Kolchin) While birchbark…

German Main de St Nicholas

This award was done at the event it was given out at, without my knowing the recipients name till the very last minute. Luckily I chose correctly. Ink and synthetic vermillion on paper.  The exemplar is chosen from the ca 1510-1517 model book of Gregorius Bock, Beinecke MS 439. Sources:  “Medieval Scribal Pattern Book.” Beinecke…

Block printing for Istvan

I printed linen for a knighting tunic for Istvan, using a design based on an 10-11th c Russian find, also inspired by an illumination of Bulgars battling Byzantines from the early 11th c Menalogion of Basil II.  My block was carved as a linoleum block rather than a wood block for ease and speed of…

Ottoman style Crystal Rainbow

A baronial award  in the style of 16th c Ottoman documents. Ink and gouache on paper. The top figure is a Tughra for Sebastian and Erika, Coronets of Three Mountains. A tughra is the officially stylized signature of the sultan, so its presence suffices for both seal and signatures. The Tughra format is ‘sultan’s name,…

Trompe l’Oeil Scroll Crystal Rainbow

A Crystal Rainbow for Ciarnat, based on the pages for the Office of the Dead in a distinctive late 15th c.  French Book of Hours.  Modern and period gouache and ink on pergamenta.  The source manuscript uses a conceit of trompe l’oeil scrolls resting on backgrounds ranging from faux marble, to woven patterns, skulls, or…

Coronation block printing 

Ayla asked me to print fabric suitable for an outdoor coronation, with washability and visual representation of the Crown of An Tir as priorities. I started with linen and an example of a 14th c extant piece from the Met, and also pictured in Forrer.    The eagle was replaced by a lion, representative of…