Temple rings with dangles from Weismain, the mockup. 

Ever since I first saw these temple rings on Pinterest, I knew I had to make them. Some research and image searching led me to the Landschaftsmuseum Obermain auf der Plassenburg ob Kulmbach online.  Found in Weismain, Bavaria, in grave 53, and dated to the 9th century, they have a distinctive framework echoed in a…

Russian Lion’s Strength, in sepia. 

A Lion’s Strength scroll based on the mid 14th c Theodore Lectionary.  Pigments, gum Arabic, and commercial gold ink on Pergamenta.    The order of operations seems odd on the exemplar. It looks to me as if the gold was painted over another color in some places. A change of plan? Flakey gilding? I have…

S-shaped temple rings

S-Shaped temple rings are found in multiple early medieval (generally 9th- 13thc ) East and West Slavic contexts, including Russian, Czech, German, and Polish. The name comes from the S shaped terminal on one end of the ring. There are several typologies in use, differentiating by the treatment of the other end of the ring,…

A Selection of Digitized German Scribal Modelbooks 

Medieval and Renaissance illuminators and calligraphers also used various pattern books, calligraphic exemplars, and sketchbooks; surviving examples range from one page alphabets to an illuminated step by step treatise on how to paint acanthus leaves and diapered backgrounds.  Model books could be a few pages bound with other content, or be discrete volumes. Some early…

Vesta’s Minoan dress presentation. 

Vesta took her research into the nature and construction of Minoan womens clothing to An Tir Kingdom Arts &Sciences this March.  The various iterations are shown here, Vesta is wearing her most current version.  Vesta’s  complete paper can be found at: