Saturday, January 5, 2013

Silver Osprey

This is a combination Award of Arms and Silver Osprey. The circle with the birds and sword above the kings head is the Silver Osprey (a fighting award) and the shield with the 3 frogs is the Arms of the person this is for. This is based pretty directly from "The Book of Kings" also known as the Morgan picture Bible. It is from the 13th century and is a very extensively illuminated book. This is based on Folio 46 verso and is 8 1/2 x 11, done in egg tempera and gold leaf on velum (the hide not the paper). I did cheat a bit and had to use some micron pen and some Acrylic, but 99% of this is authentically correct for it's period. I HATE gold leaf!

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