Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mika Longbow (Sagittarius)

Order of the Sagittarius (Backlog)
Pennsic 38
Originally Awarded August 6, 2009 - AS XLIV (44)

Calligraphy & Illumination by Isabel Chamberlaine. Loosely inspired by this page from the Utrecht Psalter as found in Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (University of Exeter Press).

The images I have used reflect some personalization, for example the viking-style ships in the lower right reference the recipients "field coronet" and the tree to the left of the page representing a yew. I also felt that the Sagittarius badge was able to nicely take it's place as the "over-seeing" entity in the upper portion of the page.

Paper: Peramenata, 230gsm, Natural
Materials: Oak gall ink, Mitchell #6 nib.

Words by Aoife inghean Conchobair & Magnus the Stout

Sun kingdom’s keeper of oaths
bequeathed crown to kingdom’s heirs,
seized the reins of sea-steeds, and
viking went on winding path.

Point of bow pierced the swan-road;
flying true, fell on east shore.
Left the sea with sedge-grass of
the bow, honed hail of battle.

Earl of sun’s arrows constant.
Truer still -- steady honor.
Battle hail battered our foe
when bold oak braved the dragon.

Filled with awe at feats of yew,
fierce bowmen begged favor of
ring-breakers: Raise archer to
hallowed kith of heaven’s gems.

So it was that on the sixth day of August, King Andrea's and Queen Gabriella elevated Earl Mika Longbow to their Order of the Sagittarius.

Scroll ID: Isabel C XXII
Completed: January 2012