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High Medieval Border by SpeculumHistoriae High Medieval Border by SpeculumHistoriae
"And now for something completely different"

Copy of a border from XI century Sacramentarium Episcopi Warmundi, North-West Italy (Piedmont area).

Pen & Pencil on paper, done for the poster of a medieval lunch!

Credit me when you use it and link the work back to me, so that I can see the result ;)

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"E ora, qualcosa di completamente diverso"

Cornice realizzata per la locandina di un pranzo medievale, spudoratamente copiata dal Sacramentario del Vescovo Warmondo d'Ivrea, XI secolo.

Fatta con le mie mani, penna su carta! Utilizzatela liberamente, ma linkatemi sotto il vostro lavoro e fatemi vedere il risultato che son curioso!
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Very much like celtic knotwork. I'm wondering if there was a direct influence?
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SpeculumHistoriae Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This type of knotwork is typical of the Germanic populations until XII century, not only in Italy but also in France, Germany and Scandinavia .. I've seen a lot of decorations here in northern Italy which have virtually the same style of the Viking ones, and it is surprising as the two territories are located thousands of kilometers away from each other :D
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I love learning of things like this. My questions, then:

Did the idea take root in some common area in the distant past?

Or did these design similarities just come about as parallel "discoveries"?

Did the celts do these types of designs before the vikings invaded western europe?
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SpeculumHistoriae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That's a good question!
We should ask this to an art history student :)
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I do not know one, do you? :)
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SpeculumHistoriae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Nor do I :XD:

But I'll go ask to a friend of mine, I think he'll be able to respond ;)
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I would be very intrigued to find an answer to those questions! It is very kind of you to do this. :iconbeauroseplz:
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TornadoIDS-Simon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sarebbe assai bella scolpirla su qualche mobile :D
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