Ancient Mummy statue turns on its own!   Leave a comment


 

The turn of the mummy: God of death statue starts SPINNING on its own in  Manchester museum… but is this a sign that there really is a curse of the  Pharaohs?

An ancient statue in a British museum has been caught on camera turning in its locked display case, and it’s unnerving many people. According to an article in the “Manchester Evening News,”

An ancient Egyptian statue has spooked museum bosses — after it mysteriously started to spin round in a display case. The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years. But in recent weeks, curators have been left scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way. Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.

What’s going on? Because the piece is in a museum display about ancient Egypt, some have suggested a curse or ghost. It is certainly mysterious: If the video is to be believed — and there’s little reason to doubt it — then the statue is indeed moving independently inside a closed case, untouched by human hands.

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Egyptologist Campbell Price studies an ancient Egyptian statuette at the  Manchester Museum, which appears to be moving on its own

Others, including TV physicist Professor  Brian Cox, have a more down-to-earth explanation for its movement.

Whatever the solution, the puzzle certainly  won’t dent visitor numbers at its present home, Manchester Museum.

The statuette’s slow about-turn has  been  captured on film by a time-lapse camera, and curator Campbell  Price, 29, says  he believes there may be a spiritual explanation.

‘I noticed one day that it had turned around,’ he said. ‘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.

‘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, made by one Neb-Senu in  about  1800BC, was donated to the museum in 1933, and had been  reassuringly immobile  for most of that time.

However Mr Price and his  colleagues are now  used to finding it facing the rear of its case –  perhaps significantly,  displaying a prayer on the back requesting  ‘bread, beer, oxen and  fowl’.

 

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Their video has recorded it rotating  to its  left over the course of three days until facing backwards.

Even  more mysteriously, it appears to spin  only during daylight hours, and  does not turn beyond 180 degrees. Some,  including Professor Cox, have  suggested that vibrations caused by the footsteps  of passing visitors  makes the statuette turn on its glass shelf.

Mr Price said: ‘Brian thinks it’s   “differential friction” where two surfaces, the stone of the statuette  and  glass shelf it is on, cause a subtle vibration which is making the  statuette  turn. But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it  and it has never  moved before.

‘And why would it go a round in a perfect  circle? It would be great if someone could solve the mystery.’

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Posted June 26, 2013 by markosun in Anthropology, Bizarre, Paranormal

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