Laurel’s Prize Tourney: Heraldic and Scribal Arts

Scrolls galore!  I saw so many gorgeous, colorful, detailed and magnificent scrolls that my head spun and I could not have kept them all from blurring together with out the aid of my magic casket and its ability to store images.

I think I will begin with a single, random, framed, illumination displayed by Osama van der Linden:

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Aibhlin inghean Daibhidh is another artisan of the Scribal Arts, among other things:

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Biau-dou de la Mere is another artisan whose name uses the one letter my keyboard will not do– so my apologies.  I was fascinated by the many tiny bottles of colored inks, and the beautiful details in each illuminated page. I cannot imagine the patience it must take to create your own colors from what can be known from history.

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Elena Kirchenknopf does calligraphy, and illumination, but I found the calligraphy particularly handsome on this piece.

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This young lady, Deanna della Penna, has done a very nice job writing her icons. I do object to Our Lady of Guadalupe with lighter brown hair, icons are conservative and would be properly done with a very dark brown or black, but she had to use what her instructor gave her. I particularly like her tryptic in progress with the accompanying angel panel and the central panel of the Virgin Mary with Christ Child, already completed. She shows a talent for the work.  I hope very much to see where she takes it.

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Elena Wyth is another calligrapher whose work in color is lovely:

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Francisca Sastre de Arellano had a lovely abundance of beautiful scrolls to display. I particularly liked her documentation. I hope I did her work justice with my images:

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Hillary Rose Greenslade is the last of the scribal to share here. She showed many beautiful pieces:

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I am not certain where to categorize this beautiful work in glass. It glows with light, as does an Illumination. It is a story written in glass which in the West did a similar job of catechizing that the Icon did in the East. So I am including the work of…. uh-oh, I seem to have failed to get his name card! Please let me know who he is if you know! The work is lovely.

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Penn Museum Online Collection: Roman items

The Penn Museum online Collection is small but nice for the anyone looking to see Roman lighting and glass. They have a nice example of a glass stopper! This should give you the documentation for a similar stopper. There is an example of pressed glass in the mediterranean collection, and several blown glass flasks and pitchers, which look modern and elegant, and as they are very early A.D./C.E., it could be argued that similar pieces were likely possible throughout our SCA period, at least for the Eastern Roman Empire.

Also useful and interesting is their collection of oil lamps. I had not seen an oil lamp with the wider end curved up. The other examples had tiny molded handles but not all pierced. One interesting bronze version is also present. Something I like is at least one had a comment on the method by which it was made.

These items ranged in date from the 1st century through the 5th as far as I took note in my quick viewing. Quite nice, definitely another museum to keep on a list of places to visit and online collections to check when thinking early period glass and lighting.

I didn’t have time to explore the online collection any further before posting– so if you spot something particularly nice in their online collection, do mention it in a comment.