Coil temple rings

Coil, also called curly, temple rings consist of wire coils wrapped around a larger gauge hoop. Found mostly in the west, there are also 2 13th c examples from Novgorod. (Kolchin & Makarova) This is one of the types of temple rings that is also described in the literature as earrings. It is certainly possible…

Tiny Trompe L’Oeil

A wee Ordo Famuli scroll for Moira, based on folio 319 of the even smaller late 15th c hours of Juana of Castille. I moved the historiated initial to the top of the page and changed it to a K composed of a seahorse, which is one of the Barony of Stromgard’s heraldic charges. Oak…

Orsha lectionary Baronial award

A Stromgard baronial award based on the 13th century Orsha Lectionary. Commercial ink and synthetic vermillion on pergamenta. I combined a header from one page with an initial from another, as well as switching to a one header / two column layout for more visual impact. Bones of the knot work. One side fleshed out….

Tiered Pendants in Bronze, in progress.

These bronze trapezoids are on their way to be tiered pendants to hang from some of my larger plain temple rings, just as the silver ones do from my Rhomboidal temple rings. I have several examples of varying complexity, and plenty of bronze sheet, so I’m going to make a few different sets. Like these…

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…