Cover Art Notes
By Carowyn Silveroak
Cover Art Notes:
Drawing based on the slab stela of Prince Wep-em-nefret, Fourth Dynasty, Reign of Khufu. The original (
) is painted limestone, and belongs to the Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley.
The long strip across the top says "Pikestaff A&S Issue", and the strips down the right side say "Written by Meredith for the Lords of the Two Lands, King Darius and Queen Roxane". Many of the tiny details that seem like strange additions were already in the original! The fish, the skulls, the falcons, the dandelions, the boat, the arrow, the cow chair with the lotus pillow, and the bundt cake were all there originally! I added other bits in place of the original hieroglyphics: the necklaces, the dyed skeins, the tools, and the mancala board. Some hieroglyphics were rearranged and now spell gibberish (I hope).
A note on color: as an Egyptian tomb painter, the colors I'd be working with were already picked out for me. Not only the pictograms, but also their colors, were part of the magic of language and afterlife. I kept some of the traditional colors, but deviated on others - any artistic deviations of color, spacing, and position are my errors. In period, I would have been executed for heresy....
A note on choices: I tried to depict something from every art and science done in the SCA. If you see something you use or create in this artwork, and you know me well, chances are I was thinking of you when I did it!
[editor's note: a more detailed article about the creation of this work, including the author's thoughts and the bibliography, may be found
Reprinted from the Fall, 2005, issue of Arts and Sciences, a special issue of the Pikestaff,
the official newsletter of the Kingdom of the East. Used by permission.