Optical Illusions

Ambiguous Vase

Ambiguous Vase

Price:299.00
(Including VAT at 20%)


Price: 249.17
(Excluding VAT at 20%)




Ambiguous Vase


In 1915 the Danish psychologist Rubin devised an image called 'The Ambiguous Vase.' You could either see it as a vase, or as two faces looking towards each other. The image is ambiguous and demonstrates our ability to shift between different interpretations of what we are seeing.

Here is a physical version of the Ambiguous Vase, designed by the Dutch artist Paul Baars, and made by the Royal Tichelaar Makkum pottery factory in Holland. You will see their mark on the bottom of the vase.

The vase is constructed of two half vases, one black and one white. Of course you could stand the two halves against a mirror, which would give you two vases!

As these are quite large ceramic objects, they will be expensive to ship outside the UK. To ship one to Australia could well double the price of the vase! We have assigned GBP150 as the shipping cost. However if you are interested in one of these vases, drop us an e-mail, and we will work out the exact shipping costs to your country. It may be more than GBP150, or it may be less. However we will only charge you the actual cost. Shipping by courier within the UK is only GBP25.

If you want to read more about the science behind this illusion, here is a web site that will tell you all you want to know.

The Royal Tichelaar Makkum pottery factory is the oldest company in Holland! They originally produced 500 of these vases, of which about 100 are left unsold at the present time (December 2009). The vases were hand made, and turned out to be more complicated to make that had been anticipated. If ever they are asked to make any more, they will certainly be more expensive! A real collector's item.

Made in the EU