Two more Russian banners

Here are two more pre 1600 banners, and a link to the museum holding the standard of Yermak Timofeevich, from the previous post. Thanks to Kseniia for the links! Again, these banners have images of saints, with inscriptions. One is painted and gilded, while the other is embroidered. The gonfalon “Fatherland” with the Mother of…

Russian Lark and Mountain.

A bardic championship scroll based on a tetralogical style illumination from a 14th c Muscovite Last Judgement. The text is based on the Summits ceremonial, and written in my Cyrillic pseudohand. Hand mixed synthetic ultramarine, commercial inks and finetec gold gouache on pergamenta. Exemplar, as drawn from the manuscript in 1870. Source: The Russian Ornament…

Two inscribed tally sticks from Novgorod.

Tally sticks are notched and split sticks that record an amount paid, owed, done or collected, and are known from many finds in Russia as well as in western Europe. Some tally sticks are inscribed with the name of the debtor or the owner. Both of these finds from Novgorod have inscriptions. The top tally…

Two pre 1600 Russian banners.

I’ve been looking for extant Russian banners. Certainly the idea of pennants, etc is known, as can be seen in this 15th C icon showing the 12thC battle of the Novgorodians and Suzdalians. Source: WikiMedia Commons. Here’s the two I have so far, both with saintly imagery and text: One is painted canvas from the…

A 15th c Cypher

A Royal Cypher, based on a 15th c English manuscript, BL MS Royal 18 D II . India ink and yellow ocher on Bristol. 9″ x 12″, which is close to the exemplars size. Text provided by the royal scribe. Exemplar 1, Folio 198 I based my initial on this initial W. Exemplar 2, folio…

A Latin champions text

For Mattias’s Mountain’s Pride, I wanted to try my hand at a Latin text, to match the documents of the 12th c.
The text is based on a Latin charter of Raoul de Coucy, dated to 1168.

Russian mountain sun.

A baronial arts award for Fjorlief, based on the opening of a 15-16th c Slavonic gospels. Hand mixed gouache (synthetic vermillion and ultramarine, Terra verte, titanium white, and purple earth), oak gall ink and w&n gold ink on paper, 10″x14″. Many manuscripts of this time were written on paper, so I have used paper for…

Two troves of Slavonic Manuscripts.

I’ve just found two new to me places to find digitized Russian/Old Church Slavonic manuscripts. Both of these have many many options to look through. The Vatican Library’s Slavonic manuscripts. Click on the book to access individual manuscripts. Vatican Slavonic Manuscripts Gospels. MSS Vat Slav 4 The library of the Trinity Sergius Monastery. Many many…

Romanesque Mountains pride 

A Championship scroll from August 2017 just recently caught up with its recipient. Based on the 12th c German Arnstein bible, gouache and commercial inks on pergamenta. Arnstein Bible, folio 65r The Arnstein Bible is a lovely example of Romanesque Illumination, in two parts. The half I have drawn my inspiration from is characterized by…

Ways to Wear Temple Rings

When temple rings are found in burials, they are generally found near the temples or on the side of the skull, though the specific attachments do not always survive. Over time, various types have been referred to both as earrings and temple rings, depending on the source. Many wearing options are now attested, including in…

Braid Style Throne Favor

A Throne Favor for Aryana. Based on a 15th c manuscript from Novgorod. Hand mixed pigments (synthetic vermilion, indigo, ocher, and titanium white) and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 7″x 9″. Text is English transcribed into Cyrillic. This style is known as balkan braid, and is one of the common styles of ornament of the…

Griffin printing for TAH Seamus and Turk

Two Princes needed step up clothes that said ‘Summits’. So, Ayla requested a griffin print for them. I used the existing ring and heart from the ponies, as seen on these 6-7th century wool tapestry leggings. I used the griffin from another piece, referring to the arms of the Summits. I had just gotten a…