June 27, 2013
Ancient Egyptian Statue Turns Its Back On Patrons
Right from a scene out of a horror film, a 1000-year-old Egyptian statue seemingly turns on its own so its back is facing the crowd of visitors at a British museum. The statue is of Neb-senu, and has been on display for 80 years at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England.
Only recently, the staff has been noticing that the ten-inch statue has been rotating. The movement has been captured in an eleven-hour time-lapse video that can be seen here.
The museum’s curator, Campbell Price said, “Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the object’s position without telling me, but the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction-and a day later had yet another orientation.”
Price also in an interview with the Manchester Evening News said, “I noticed one day that it had turned around. I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key, I put it back but then the next day it had moved again. We set up a time-lapse video and, although the naked eye can’t see it, you can clearly see it rotate on the film. The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy. In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement.”
The statue is displayed in a locked glass case and after Price returned it to its original position, he set up a camera to see if he could capture who was rotating it. Over the course of the eleven-hour video, the statue rotates so its back is facing the crowd. The movement seems to only happen during the day when patrons are in the museum.
This is not the only time the event has occurred. According to the museum, this statue has been doing the 180 for months now. A worker at the museum said in the video that she was the only one in the museum at the time and in an hour and a half the statue turned 45 degrees.
Some experts explain scientifically how the statue would turn, like subtle vibrations are causing this phenomenon.
Carol Redmount the associate professor of Egyptian archeology at the University of California, Berkeley, told ABC News, “the statue only seems to spin during the day when people are in the museum. It could have something to do with its individual placement and the individual character of the statue.”
According to Price, the statue is some sort of official with “priestly duties.” It has a shoulder length wig and a knee-length kilt, and made from serpentine. The hieroglyphics on the back of the statue translate into “bread, beer and beef,” a “prayer for offerings for the spirit of the man,” Price said to the UK’s Sun.
Sounds like a job for “Ghost Hunters.”
Join me next time for another interesting mystery in Supernatural Endeavors.
Image Credit: Manchester Museum