(CAIS) -- The Association of Iranian Animation Films
(ASIFA) has decided to produce a documentary film on the
goat (in fact an ibex) depicted in the historical site of Burnt City (Shahr-e
Sukhtah) which was carved on a 5,000-year-old cup.
Celebrated Iranian animated filmmaker
Noureddein Zarrinkelk told the Persian daily Aftab that he
would produce a documentary on the 5,000-year-old cup
depicting the movements of a goat toward a tree which is
believed to be the world’s first animation.
Zarrinkelk said that he would present the documentary to
the Association of International Animation Films to prove
that Iranian artists were the originators of modern
animation some 5,000 years ago.
He said that the goat will be chosen for the national
ASIFA symbol and it would be up to the members of the
Association of International Animation Films whether they
opt to use it as the international emblem of ASIFA.
He said that he believes that Board of International ASIFA
would not turn down the proposal given the long history of
The daily further said that Italian archeologists involved
in excavations in the Burnt City unearthed the cup from a
grave in 1983.
A ibex was carved on the 5,000-year-old cup five times
showing its movement toward a tree.
Zarrinkelk said that ancient Iranian artist who carved the
goat on the cup approaching the tree to eat its leaves
were in fact the forerunners of animation film.