warrior dreams in a medieval child's art

Time to battle!  In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them.  Including pieces from children.

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ABC’s, and men of action!
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student self-portrait, Onfim as the victor!

In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts. Bark was ideal material for writing down things with such a short half-life. Then the pupils got bored and started to doodle, as kids do: crude drawings of individuals with big hands, as well as a figure with a raised sword standing next to a defeated beast (lower image). The second one was drawn by a 6-7 year old, Onfim, who put his name next to the victorious warrior.  From:
http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/post/67681966023/medieval-kids-doodles-on-birch-bark-heres

I cannot get enough.  Onfim has indulged me, diagrams from his other works.

To remove any doubt about the identity of the warrior, he even labeled the person on the horse as "Onfim."
To remove any doubt about the identity of the warrior,   he even labeled the person on the horse as “Onfim.”
"I am a wild beast" The sign reads,  "Greetings from Onfim to Danilo"
left: schoolwork.  right:  back side of school work.  “I am a wild beast” The sign reads, “Greetings from Onfim to Danilo”
left: father and mother right: children playing - one hides behind the tree.
left: father and mother
right: children playing – one hides behind the tree.
more art by Onfim
more art by Onfim – my interpretations: left , herding horses.  right, teacher yelling at Onfim.
Battle 1
Battle 1
Battle 2
Battle 2
Warrior father and son
Warrior father and son Onfim

From: The Art of Onfim: Medieval Novgorod Through the Eyes of a Child
By Paul Wickenden of Thanet
http://www.goldschp.net/SIG/onfim/onfim.html

Fantastic medieval manuscript images with some info:

I highly recommend that you see his posts.  Illuminated manuscripts galore.

Erik Kwakkel – Medieval book historian at Leiden University, The Netherlands. “I post images of medieval books and share with you what’s special about them.”  Directing project on 12th century.

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