Main article: Precursors of film A 5,year-old earthen bowl found in Shahr-i Sokhta , Iran , has five images of a goat painted along the sides. This is believed to be an example of early animation. Shadow plays first appeared during the Han Dynasty and later gain popularity across Asia. In , Alhazen , an Iraqi scientist , experimented with the same optical principle described by Mo-Ti, and wrote of the results in his Book of Optics , which provided the first clear description  and correct analysis of the camera obscura.
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