Laurel Vigil

I vigiled twice, in order to see people outside by local area too. My priorities were space to chat, a book and bread and salt plus goodies. Vigil One was at Collegium, and I have fewer pictures. I wore an ancient underdress, the Severian temple rings, and my paneva and apron. Marzipan in the shape…

Nitra Temple rings/Earrings, trial run.

Ælfflæd has been exploring the 9th c Principality of Nitra, in modern day Slovakia. These ca 9th c bronze temple ornaments/earrings from Nitra Castle caught her eye. So I made her some. Source: West Slavs in Archaeology. Source: Ruttkayová & Ruttkay. The sources I have are limited and do not list size or details of…

S-shaped lock rings found in Hungary and Romania.

S-shaped terminal temple rings , found commonly in West and East Slav contexts like Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and NW Russia, have an analogue, found in Hungary and Romania. These areas are the Carpathian Basin and Transylvanian Basin/Plateau, respectively. S-shaped terminal lock rings from Dábáca. Source: Gáll 2013. Carpathian and Transylvanian basins pre 19th c….

Temple Ring pendants part 3: Coil temple rings and bells.

The three tiered pendants I made earlier needed different temple rings in order to match the actual find. This particular set was found attached to temple rings with a coil terminal, next to a chain with a bell attached, as seen on the bottom left, below. Source: Glasov I made these temple rings in much…

Tiered bronze temple ring pendants, part 2

I’ve completed two of the sets of bronze tiered pendants I started, one two tiered and one three tiered. These are meant to hang from medieval Russian temple rings, as in the example below: I am looking at the middle and bottom right sets specifically. I had previously cut out and decorated the trapezoidal components:…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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,…