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…

Novgorod temple rings part 3.

Since I was entering the Novgorod Slovene temple rings I had made in An Tir’s Arts and Sciences Championship, I decided to make another pair, either as part of the entry or to be able to wear some while I presented.  These turned out to be a bigger diameter with smaller flanges, and I ended…

Pendants for Novgorod temple rings. 

Tiered Trapezoidal pendants are often found with Novgorod temple rings. Other hanging ornaments such as chains, bells, dangles and other temple rings are occasionally found as well. (Sedov, Ivanovo, Glazov) The pendants are also found with other simpler types of temple rings, as well as separately, presumably after falling off the associated ring.. Pendant decoration…

Novgorod Style Temple Rings

Two pairs of temple rings based on the Novgorod style, forged from silver and copper respectively. I used a slightly different technique for each set.  Temple rings or temple ornaments are a type of jewelry found throughout areas of Russian, Slavic and Byzantine influence from approximately 500 CE throughout the medieval period. They are found…