World's oldest optical illusion reveals a lot about you depending on what you see first

THE world's oldest optical illusion is still turning heads after 900 years – and what you see first is said to be very revealing.

The image is carved in stone at Airavatesvara temple in Thanjavur, in southern India's Tamil Nadu state.

Besides being a remarkable piece of art from the Chola dynasty, it is also a fascinating optical illusion – and one of the earliest known examples.

It shows a bull and an elephant that appear to share the same head.

It you cover up the body of legs of the creature on the left, the animal on the right is clearly an elephant.

But if you focus on the left-hand beast, it is obviously a bull with its head raised to the sky.

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However you can't see both at the same time – and that's just how the sculptors intended it almost a millennium ago.

Folklore surrounding the carving also claims it can reveal the viewer's personality, reports JagranJosh.

If you see the bull first, it apparently means you are stubborn and ferocious.

You know how to stay strong and positive in times when it may seem impossible.

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If you see the elephant first, that is said to signify you are loyal and respectful of your friends and family.

You are thoughtful and considerate and treat people with kindness and respect.

Images of the carving have been shared online amid a new global enthusiasm for optical illusions.

Earlier this week we showed one of a walking horse that is said to reveal whether you are forward-looking or stuck in the past.

And another of a penguin claims to reveal whether you are patient and wise, or gullible.

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