Sea Scene

Later Illusionistic (17th Century)

Palatina Wave Machine

The Palatina Manuscript includes a drawing which shows two types of wave machines. The simplest device is located in the inner stage area and is composed of a series of profile wave board strung on ropes. There are also four downstage units that rise through traps and cover the main down stage area. The wave profiles are mounted on cams which allow them to rise and fall in a rotary motion.

Palatina MS Wave Machines

Palatina MS Wave Detail

the development of scenice spectacle


usittThis material is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Initiatives Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and by grants from the University Research Council, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Appalachian State University.


Dr. Frank Mohler
Department of Theatre & Dance
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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