A spinning statue has spooked a few curators at a museum in Britain.
According to ABC, a 10-inch tall statue of Neb-senu was spotted spinning on its own by a camera at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England.
Some believe that the Egyptian statue may be cursed while others believe that someone is playing a practical joke.
Curator Campbell Price isn’t sure what’s causing the statue to move but he is interested to find out.
Price 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.”
Price said that he noticed the statue changing positions over the course of several days but couldn’t figure out how it was moving. He then placed the statue in a glass case and set up a camera to catch the person who was spinning the statue.
Price was able to capture the statue spinning but it appears to be moving on its own.
The curator said that the 10-inch statue was once placed in a tomb alongside a mummy.
Price said: “The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy. Mourners would lay offerings at its feet. The hieroglyphics on the back ask for ‘bread, beer and beef’. 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.”
Do you think the statue is cursed? Is a lost spirit causing it to spin?
Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archeology at the University of California, Berkeley, said that the statue is probably spinning due to differential friction. Redmount believes that the vibration from people’s footsteps are causing the statue to spin.
Redmount said: “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.”