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Historical Salazar Slytherin by Eldr-Fire Historical Salazar Slytherin by Eldr-Fire
Slytherin was the toughest yet in my historical founders series! Slytherin is an early medieval Englishman, from East Anglia and the 10th and 9th centuries specifically. He is always shown as older than the other founders. Slytherin was easy to interpret as an aristocrat given his value on ancestry, ambition, cunning and resourcefulness. His mistrust for Muggles was probably influenced by the legislation against witchcraft that was passed by the Anglo-Saxon kings as England was consolidated.

Anglo-Saxon men actually wore tunics much shorter than Slytherin's, but as his statue in the Chamber of Secrets has floor-length robes, I did my best to stick with canon. The solution is that, like the contemporary Ottonian emperors, Slytherin emulated the longer tunic style of the Byzantine upper class. The Byzantines were seen by some as the heirs of the Roman Empire and the height of medieval civilisation. Similarly, the length of Slytherin's beard is also a symbol of his status; for English (and Germanic in general) men, the length of beard and hair was very important in determining social rank in the early Middle Ages.

Slytherin is showing off Europe's finest needlework, that of Anglo-Saxon seamstresses, in his cloak and tunic. So much gold was embroidered into the clothing of wealthy nobles that their garments were often later burned for the hundreds of pounds worth of gold within them. There are few surviving examples of medieval English embroidery, so the designs here are also inspired by medieval  English metalwork, leatherwork, and illuminated manuscripts. His sleeves and hose are wrinkled in the English style, and his cruciform brooch is of an early medieval East Anglian design. Black clothes were uncommon but were notably popular among the Danes, who controlled Slytherin's native East Anglia during much of his lifetime. The dye was achieved by adding iron to other dyes. Dark green was a mixture of weld (yellow) and woad (blue).

The main issue was his locket. The design in the books and movies is quite Victorian. It's such an important artefact that I couldn't do away with it, though. The locket pictured is a medieval locket (although the design may postdate Slytherin by a few hundred years). They were not worn around the neck but were used for storing saints' relics, medicine, talismans or poison. Perhaps through the centuries as the locket was damaged and fashions changed, it was restored via labour and magic by his descendants to fit in with contemporary designs. (You can see the Victorians "improving" it like that...)

He's carrying a batch of scrolls because there are young witches and wizards to be educated! If you would like to read more (and there is a lot more), go here: sta.sh/0atolrlj8ih The photo isn't as high quality as I'd like along the bottom, but the picture was also drawn in much smaller scale than the fullview.

How many snakes can you find in the picture?

Other Historical Founders
Rowena Ravenclaw
Godric Gryffindor
Helga Hufflepuff
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you chose to portray him with long hair and beard, he looks haughty and judgmental indeed. He looks somehow like a meaner Dumbledore... :XD:
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahahahaha I had never thought of that, but that's funny - he does look like a meaner Dumbledore! xD
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD:
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
this is how Salazar really would have looked like <3 
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you! :)
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
:) 

here is a attempt to create two daughters for him...and to explain why the Gaunt family ended up as his descendants 

nelyasun.deviantart.com/art/Qw…
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
What I love about this series is how meticulously you've done your research on period clothing (and jewelry).  The portraits are lovely, but the notes made me appreciate them more!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It really warms my heart to hear that. :)
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mikesmom37 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
great drawing and I LOVE his clothing!!!!!!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! His clothing was a lot of fun to do! :)
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akitku Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is pretty awesome! I love how much attention you put into making the costume historically appropriate!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It was a lot of research but so much fun. I'm working on Gryffindor right now. :)
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I am loving the details in this! :3 Great job tackling the textile of his mantle!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow!!!  the details are truly impressive here!!! and he looks just like I imagine him!!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This comment means a lot to me. I'm so glad I captured how you imagine Slytherin. :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I admit my ideas of the founders garments definitely favor 'fantasy medieval' style haha. I as an obsessive fan found this and what is in the stash very interesting, especially since I might write a fanfiction on the founders one day and could use it as reference. I like how you balance cannon and history. 

Do you think you could point me to a few good examples of 10th century male jewelry? I'm drawing a cannon Slytherin's locket here and I feel it needs a little more. 

p.s. I can only spy 3 snakes
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I am glad you found this all so interesting! :)

For inspiration on jewellery, I would first suggest you look at some of the metalwork from the Sutton Hoo burial. It's a bit before this period, but is the burial of an East Anglian king. To see designs and a few great examples of Anglo-Saxon metal work (including jewellery), I'd suggest you start here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Sa… I'm not 100% sure on which jewellery men wore versus women. I didn't see any example of men wearing earrings, and I'm not sure about neckwear since their collarbones were always covered by their cloaks and tunics in the images I saw. They might have worn chains on their necks, but I'm not sure. Rings are definitely fair game. You might find more information if you dig around this source: www.regia.org/members/handbook…

As for lockets, I did not find any 10th century examples. If you check out the 'locket' section on my stash you will find a link or two with pictures of later medieval lockets, which I used for inspiration.

Hope that helps! And as for snakes, there might be one or two more... ;)

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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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