Jay Livingston kindly brought this to my attention…. it was made in Italy in 1536 and shows a man’s head made entirely of penises….

The reversed inscription is ‘OGNI HOMO ME GUARDA COME FOSSE UNA TESTA DE CAZI’, which apparently means ‘Every man looks at me as if I were a dickhead’.

Amazing that this illusion was created almost 500 years ago.Β  Do you like it?Β  Remind you of anyone you know?







  1. Ehi! It’s italian πŸ™‚
    That is an old italian form, of course, in fact there are many errors.
    Today it could be written as: “Ogni uomo mi guarda come fossi una testa di cazzi” which is a little bit different, but the meaning is exactly the same πŸ™‚

  2. I went on a guided tour of the Ashmolean recently. The guide talked for about 5 mins about the plate immediately below this in the cabinet. I was amazed that I seemed to be the only one who noticed this.

  3. I couldn’t possibly say who this reminds me of.
    Just proves being a dickhead isn’t the result of modern society. They’ve obviously been around for years!!

  4. I’m not sure that he is a man….look at hair with a green ribbon and he(?)’s got an earing :s i think this is a woman

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