Spiral Temple Rings

Wire spirals are the distinctive feature of Severian temple rings, found starting in the 10th-11th c, though some finds date up to the 13th c. Severian finds cluster in the area east of Kiev.

Characteristics of Tetralogical Style Manuscript Illumination

14th and 15th century Novgorod saw the flowering of a striking and idiosyncratic style of manuscript illumination which incorporated high contrast zoomorphic knot work formed into a variety of shapes. Gospels, psalters, books of canons and more were decorated in this manner. This distinctive style was based in Novgorod starting in the 13th c. and…

Beak’s Reed Pen Presentation

Beak experimentally reconstructed Egyptian reed pens for Three Mountains’ Arts and Sciences Championship. She made 6 possible versions of the pen and wrote with each on papyrus. Documentation: 110917 Egyptian Reed Pen (1) Reed pens. Source: Brooklyn Museum

Actual size!

A baronial scroll based on a ca1450 Book of Hours from the Netherlands. Hand mixed pigments, oak gall ink, and W&N gold ink on parchment. Approx 5″x 7″. Pigments used were synthetic vermillion and ultramarine, Terra verte, and titanium white in gum Arabic.  I have attempted to match the exemplar size of 12 x 17…

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