Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Shining Trapezohedron

Gage Prentiss brings us this absolutely stunning recreation of the Shining Trapezohedron.  You really need to click through to the high resolution picture to appreciate the craftsmanship.  It's a wonderful piece of work.



5 comments:

CoastConFan said...

The box is an absolute masterpiece of workmanship. It really looks like a box made in the middle ages! I’d love to see it cast in coin silver, but that might be prohibitively expensive in this day and age. Presentation is an important part of prop making and I think Mr. Prentiss has that down perfectly. For us less gifted prop makers a pierced Turkish hamam box might be substituted. They were originally used to carry your washcloth and soap to and from the public baths.

George Luis Borges was also influenced by Lovecraft as shown by his story The Aleph has a “shining trapezoid” that features prominently in the story. In other stories he also wrestles with books of dubious origin containing strange and often changing texts. Your best one-stop-shop for the short stories of Borges is probably a copy of The Collected Fictions which is an English translation from the Spanish.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Are_More_Things and

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/JorgeLuisBorges?from=Main.JorgeLuisBorges

CoastConFan said...

The box is an absolute masterpiece of workmanship. It really looks like a box made in the middle ages! I’d love to see it cast in coin silver, but that might be prohibitively expensive in this day and age. Presentation is an important part of prop making and I think Mr. Prentiss has that down perfectly. For us less gifted prop makers a pierced Turkish hamam box might be substituted. They were originally used to carry your washcloth and soap to and from the public baths.

George Luis Borges was also influenced by Lovecraft as shown by his story The Aleph has a “shining trapezoid” that features prominently in the story. In other stories he also wrestles with books of dubious origin containing strange and often changing texts. Your best one-stop-shop for the short stories of Borges is probably a copy of The Collected Fictions which is an English translation from the Spanish.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Are_More_Things and

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/JorgeLuisBorges?from=Main.JorgeLuisBorges

Schlitzie said...

Well since I'm pretty sure I'll never win the Robert Bloch Award, this is my next best bet of finally getting a Shining Trapezohedron !

gndn said...

That's stellar. Just stellar. No pun intended.

Anonymous said...

....this item is in the top 10 of Lovecraft props you have shown on your page. Absolutely devilishly detailed and intricate. I admire the roiling coils of tentacles or writhing maggots in the framework.
I could picture this prop in the domicile-study of a Dee, Blavatsky, or a Crowley.