A Sable Scrivner, an award for scribes in An Tir, based on a 15th c gospel manuscript from Novgorod.
The exemplar contains an unusual crosshatched background, which I retained in gold. I have a color image of another page from this manuscript that shows the outlining and the header text in gold. Since it’s the same value, I chose to use the gold ink. Paint colors were chosen based on the one page available in color.
Edited: I have since found this page in color in the newer edition of Smirnova. I’m glad to see I guessed mostly right.
The labors and skills of a scribe with quill and ink, gold and silver, parchment and paint, and the selfless sacrifice of their time, is a benefit to Crown and recipient alike, and to all those who seek beauty. Always may the hand of the scribe who chooses to serve An Tir be as the strong hand of the King and their eyes be as those of the Queen who seeks out all that is beautiful. Make the heart of that scribe as the heart of the Sable Lion, true and sure.
________________________, praise and thanks do We, ____________ and ____________, King and Queen of the Sable Lion Lands give – for your hand is steady, your eyes find beauty, and your words and art are true reflecting the honour, glory, and strength that is An Tir. Thus, We are pleased to enter you into the Order of the Sable Scrivener. In Affirmation, We hereby set Our hand and seal this _________ day of (month)____________ A.S. _______
The Russian Ornament Sourcebook: 10th-16th Centuries. London: Vivays Pub., 2011.
Smirnova, Ė S. Lit︠s︡evye Velikogo Novgoroda, XV Vek. Moskva: “Nauka”, 1994.