Mountain’s Pride for Ulaan

A Mountain’s Pride for an outgoing archery champion with a Mongolian persona. Gouache on Bristol, 12″x 9″. The concept is a Paiza, a safe conduct or proof of authority from the Khan. The actual artifacts were metal, either cast or engraved. A 13th c example: The text is transliterated into the short lived 13th-14th c…

Mountains pride for Donnina, painted by Kattera.

A scroll for an outgoing thrown weapons champion. Gouache and ink on Bristol, 9″x12″ Kattera asked me to do the calligraphy and a sketch for her to work from. We picked this 15th c French Book of Hours, Beinecke MS 662, folio 21r, and replaced the miniature with the text. I also borrowed this cat…

Luciano’s Knighting scroll, with Tekla.

A scroll for Luciano’s knighting. 9″x 12″. Gouache and ink on Bristol board. Collaboration with Tekla Myszkowa. Some things are a stretch. This scroll surely was. We had almost exactly two weeks to make this happen, offer to concept to finished scroll and knighting. But, Collaboration makes it happen, to borrow from Sesame Street. Our…

British Library Hebrew manuscripts site.

A useful looking resource: The British Library has set up a new page focusing on Hebrew manuscripts, many medieval. The digital collection includes Haggadahs, Torahs, Pentateuchs, and various treatises. Additionally, the site has articles explaining various aspects of these manuscripts. Check them out here. Some examples: 14th c Pentateuch Excerpts from Maimonides’ Code of Law,…

Russian charter set for An Tir

A set of art for charters (preprints) in the Russian tetralogical style. Award of arms Goutte de sang. Jambe de leon. Grey goose shaft Sable gauntlet Inspiration Grey goose in progress Award of arms with text. Aoa painted. Sable gauntlet painted. Sources: Bowater, Marina, and V. V. Stasov. The Decorative Art of Russia. New York:…

Sable Scrivner by Rannveig

Several years ago I received a Sable Scrivner award, but with no scroll. So, it went on the backlog list. Recently Masteritsa Rannveig picked up the assignment, and delivered this lovely piece in the braid style to me at July Coronation. I love it. It reads, in English, as follows: The skill and work of…

Printing for Summits Tabards

Summits was gifted a lovely set of linoleum blocks making up the Principality Arms, made by Tariq al- Ghassani, when HAH Niall attended Estrella. I used them to print up blue linen for tabards for TAH Antoine and Kathren, to be sewn by Baroness Ayla. Block one, the mountain and grail. Adding the griffin Final…

Tetralogical scroll for Hlutwige

A Thank You scroll for the outgoing Baroness who has almost everything. Hand mixed gouache, India ink and finetec gold on pergamenta. Approximately 11×17. Most of the gouache I used was received as a prize and made by Antonia Crivelli. This piece was inspired by several manuscripts in the tetralogical style. The frame was based…

Laurel lunula from Tullia

Tullia made lovely little laurel stamped lunulas, and gifted me one. This meant I had to string it. I looked at a few examples of strung lunulas. Source: PMA Cyfrowe Zasoby Muzeum Archeologicznego date: XII -XIII c. place: unknown From Nitra, Slovakia I settled on this set of beads from Novgorod as my inspiration. Source:…

Carnelian and rock crystal necklace.

A necklace based particularly on finds from 11-13th c Russia, but that could fit in many other places and times. Cornerless carnelian rectangles paired with rock crystal rounds and squished rounds. This is strung on modern plasticized cable with a purchased clasp. Source: Sedov Source: Sedov 12th c jewelry in the Hermitage. Another 7th-10th c…

Penwork Orders of Adiantum.

Two baronial awards based on penwork initals. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Each is ~ 8″x 10″. Text as assigned. Exemplar one: Source: University of Utrecht Exemplar two: Source: Vatican Library Calligraphy Penwork Red initials added. A close look at exemplar one shows the red initial added over the black penwork. Sources: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/bav_pal_lat_298/0007 http://objects.library.uu.nl/reader/index.php?obj=1874-26261&lan=en&_ga=1.1728952.846940849.1464123663#page//46/92/93/46929327825561963223818863611190518725.jpg/mode/1up

Laurel Diadem

A silk diadem based on 12th century finds from Novgorod, in particular a reconstruction of one of several diadems found in the Boris and Gleb cathedral. The diadem from grave 285 was reconstructed by AA Strokov based on the position of multiple types of plaques and other ornament found in the burial. Other graves in…