Animation, old school

Boz Goat details
Animated Goat

This is just plain cool.

The artefact bears five images depicting a wild goat jumping up to eat the leaves of a tree, which the members of the team at that time had not recognised the relationship between the pictures.

Several years later, Iranian archaeologist Dr Mansur Sadjadi, who became later appointed as the new director of the archaeological team working at the Burnt City discovered that the pictures formed a related series. <snip>

The image is a simple depiction of a tree and wild-goat (Capra aegagrus) also known as ‘Persian desert Ibex’, and since it is an indigenous animal to the region, it would naturally appear in the iconography of the Burnt City.

The wild goat motif can be seen on Iranian pottery dating back to the 4th millennium BCE, as well as jewellery pieces especially among Cassite tribes of ancient Luristan. However, the oldest wild goat representation in Iran was discovered in Negaran Valley in Sardast region, 37 kilometers from Nahok village near Saravan back in 1999. The engraved painting of wild goat is part of an important collection of lithoglyphs dating back to 8000 BCE.

From CAIS, via Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, via good old Boing Boing.

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2 Responses

  1. Not sure how you’d make that series in five steps.I keep seeing nine steps to the animated clip.

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Hmm. Good point.

    The guy who said there are five images must be the same guy who is responsible for reading canons at 815 Second Avenue.


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