Animation on the side of a pot?

The goblet excavated at the Burnt City site in Iran has 5 images which when looked at consecutively forms an animation.

This animation has been making its rounds.

By placing the images in on a bowl, it could be a form of a zoetrope.   However, the images are on the outside of the goblet.  That would make it unlike the typical structure of a zoetrope.  However, on the inside of the bowl are marking that could be site lines…  similar to the notches in a zoetrope.  It’s just that is is inside out.

Not sure if those folks so long ago were playing with animation, as in persistence of vision, but it is a nice design idea and certainly something we can explore now.

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4 Responses to Animation on the side of a pot?

  1. Robin McGregor says:

    I would love to see pix of this!

  2. John says:

    It’s still shown at the top of the linked post.

  3. Robin says:

    Silly me!! Thanks John!

  4. John says:

    Not a problem…I know how it is.

    I’ve been itching to give a ceramic zoetrope idea a try; especially, where the animation is done in relief, or perhaps fully formed. In my crude experiments, I found that the animation needs to be done with high contrast for the eye to pick up on it. So I don’t think it will work too well in sculptural forms, but I’d love to be proven wrong.

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