So Robert Cargill posted another theory about the ball base of the figure on the Jonah Ossuary, which I believe is on the right track.
When I read over it, it suddenly hit me: Perspective.
So I did a bit of perspective adjustment, myself... and guess what I found?
Below are the steps I took, as well as the assumptions I've made:
|The original image, labeled "no cgi."|
|I rotated it so that the border at the bottom was flat.|
I believe that this was the intention of the artist
and is a safe assumption that it was meant to be a baseline.
I also marked the a stroke on the inscription
that I assume was meant to be vertical.
It runs right down the center of the figure.
|I then, adjusted the aspect so that the two lines were perpendicular.|
|What does the "ball" at the base look like NOW?|
|Something like this is my guess.|
The base of a vessel.
UPDATE: This article may have disappeared for about 10-15 minutes due to a mistake I made with the new blogger interface. Needless to explain, it's back. :-)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Further developments on the shape of the "head of Jonah" now show it to be quite flat, and that the image is much more vessel-like than fish like when taken in its proper aspect and size. See:
The entire figure corrected for aspect ratio and distortion:
How many of the photographs and reproductions aren't faithful representations of what is actually on the ossuary:
Labels: james tabor, jonah ossuary, pottery, robert cargill, simcha jacobovici, The Jesus Discovery, The Resurrection Tomb Mystery