World’s Oldest Optical Illusion

“Public art is encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public place” PPAC


“Our perceptions are fallible. We sometimes see what is not there. We are prey to optical illusions. Occasionally we hallucinate. We are error-prone” Carl Sagan

Have a look at the above sculpture.

The sculpture work is quite interesting.

Perception paradox

An important teaching in Hinduism is…What we see is not real.

It’s called MAYA (Illusion)

If you look at the sculpture from the left side, you can see the bull raising its head including the horns.

If you just move to the right you start noticing the elephant raising its trunk.

It’s said to be sculpted in the ancient Cholas Dynasty style (907 and 1215 AD)

Mostly misinterpreted as a fight between two animals.

In ancient Indian art, it’s common to find these kinds of combined creatures.

Maybe modern computers or software trying to copy these ideas?

My guess is it’s nothing but the artist’s way of illustrating optical illusion.

Optical Illusion in our daily life?

“There is an optical illusion about every person we meet” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you.

Namaste πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Philosophy Through Photography

Image by Β© PTP-2021 All Rights Reserved

This post is part of Marsha’s PPAC # 9– photo challenge

  14 comments for “World’s Oldest Optical Illusion

  1. August 15, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    This is a very cool and interesting piece of public art. Thanks for playing along this week πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 17, 2021 at 3:34 am

    What a fascinating sculpture!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 20, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, this did take a second and third look. It’s interesting how someone used a very old piece of art to create something new and different in form. It’s almost like conjoined twins of different species. Very unusual work of art. Thanks for sharing this picture and explanation this week. πŸ™‚

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  4. August 21, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Congratulations on being a featured photographer for this week. Your post took several looks!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 23, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    This is interesting. It does look like a fight but I do see the bull horns.

    Liked by 1 person

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