Joe Johnston was a concept artist and character designer for Lucasfilm. He is responsible for the design of Boba Fett and many other cool things that we love. Guess what else? The Ark of the Covenant too. Here is some concept art from him from Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic The Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It is pretty stunning. The version we saw in the film was really something, but this one just seems more biblical and alien to me. Can you imagine it all in gold and shining in the desert sun?