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MacCon's Coral Branch by Merwenna MacCon's Coral Branch by Merwenna
23k gold leaf, gouache & sumi ink on pergamenata. Full(er) documentation in journal!

The recipient of this scroll is a good friend of mine, MacCon who really helped me get started in the SCA. He received it for his medallion-making awesomeness and commissioned me to make the scroll as he was helping me change my flat tire on the side of the road one night (hence the broken-down cart in the background). He asked for an early period scroll, and while this isn’t quite as early as his persona, it’s still the earliest style scroll I’ve ever done!


The layout, calligraphy, and illuminated letter are based on the Ramsey Psalter (Harley MS 2904), ff.3v-4, & f.144. - English, late 10th century.

The miniature is based mainly on the Harley Psalter (Harley MS 603 – ff.7v-8) and the Tiberius Psalter (Cotton MS Tiberius C VI, ff.13v-14). Both are Anglo-Saxon, early to mid eleventh century in England.
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MacCon's Coral Branch by Merwenna is an amazing example of both illumination and calligraphy from a very talented artist. ( Featured by pica-ae )
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Nice late Carolingian!  7@=e
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
It's so beautiful!
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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MmeThia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Beautifully done!  The green cat grotesquerie is a nice touch.

Hoobah for Lord MacCon, from the Middle Kingdom  :)
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  It was really fun to do :D
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Lemures87 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it :D
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^_^
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Nice
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
No problem
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elleira5 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
lovely illumination
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! Congrats on the DD.
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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fainting-goat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD!  I figured we'd wind up seeing a scroll in that gallery at some point, there's too many talented artists in the SCA not to.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee, thanks!  I was so confused at first XD  
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fainting-goat Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I know! The first time it happened I was shocked when I checked my account. I didn't understand where all the comments had come from!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Your illuminated manuscript and calligraphy are exquisite!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)  thank you!
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  :D  It's my first time having one so I was very surprised and confused ^_^
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, enjoy it! :heart:
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:iconamairim:
Amairim Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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talisath Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
WOOOOOW, wonderful!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)  thank you
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talisath Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are very much welcome, I'd kill to be able to do something like this, I've been trying for ages now.
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afox2sly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a beautifully designed piece, and something which I sorely wish I could see in real life.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you so much ^_^  
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