The scrolls on this page represent unusual works: gifts, oddities,
illuminated miniatures and competition pieces. To see any of these scrolls
in more detail, click on the corresponding picture. Enjoy!

Dies Irae Processional

10X14. Calfskin parchment. Handmade pigments in binder made of gum arabic, honey and distilled water. Aurum Gold Leaf (23.5 kt); Shell gold touchup (23.75 kt). Rabbit skin hide glue for gilding. Handmade oak gall ink was used for the calligraphic lettering. The illumination style is that of the Lewis E-7 manuscript, a gothic processional. The original manuscript was created in France, and has been dated to approximately 1500-1515. Its script is a simple gothic bookhand written in Latin. The primary text of this document consists of a selection of the Dies Irae. The Dies Irae is one of the oldest pieces of medieval liturgical music. The text of the hymn is taken from in a thirteenth-century Franciscan Missal.The Dies Irae Processional is a competition piece. See more, and read the abridged documentation here.

The Candle in the Window

8X8. Pergmenta vellum. Aurum Gold Leaf (23.5 kt); Shell gold touchup (23.75 kt). The primary text is executed in an intricate secretarial batarde.The capital T is a gold-leafed Cadel; the knotwork words of the poem precisely follow a Celtic pattern of interlacing. The knot itself is a 'celtic four,' most commonly used by the celtic illuminators to show the unity of friendship. Style based on the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta, 1561, by Georg Bocskay.The manuscript's remarkable calligraphy is astounding in its simplicity and elegance, ornamented by its shape rather than complex illumination. It is designed to reveal the beauty of the written word - both poetry and calligraphy - as art. To see more detail, and learn about the poet Sir Brand deux Leons, you can go here.

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