Tile Sixteen

The two tiles that most influenced this entire project are numbers two and sixteen. That isnít entirely true. Their siblingsí tiles were the influential ones. In the case of number sixteen, the corresponding tile was a real tyrant (and not merely because it depicts the god Set). The giant, evil hippo is holding this stripped rod, a very common and meaningful image in Egyptian art (I canít for the life of me remember what it means). And I, cleverly, let it sit right in between two tiles. So, whatever I did with my 2011 project, I needed to allow for a tall striped ďthingĒ with a crook at the top. I had a breakthrough when I decided to include two tigers (tiles fourteen and fifteen). One tigerís tale makes the crook in a satisfying and subtle way. His butt looks funny, I admit. Also, this didnít account for the fingers holding the staff. Those became a stone wall that the cat is sitting on. And the continuing staff below those fingers forms a bee hive. In this way, a 4x6 piece of paper I drew two years ago dictated the contents of five tiles. What a hassle. What a tyrant.

Otherwise, tile sixteen depicts a sphinx. But not an Egyptian sphinx. Not everyone knows that the Greeks have a sphinx, too. The Greek sphinx is typically depicted as female and it has bird wings. Oh, and it tells riddles. This year, our students acted out Greek myths in the classical style. The recipient of this tile played the part of the sphinx. There might have also been a Cleopatra costume on Time Traveler day...

I was able to get an excellent copy of the siblingís tile, and the real world copies might actually line up better than this digital copy. Thatís a first.


I think I'm supposed to put some copyright information here at the bottom:
Copyright Daniel Miller, 2011