Darlings, have you seen the ancient Egyptian statue that moves by itself?
This 4,000 year old relic is a 10-inch statuette found in the tomb of Nebsenu as an offering to Osiris, ancient Egyptian god of the dead, to guarantee the owner’s afterlife. Although the statue has been in the Manchester Museum since 1933, it has recently begun moving slowly by itself during the day, as shown in the above time-lapse film.
According to museum curator Campbell Price, “Ancient Egyptians believed that statuettes such as these could act as an alternative home for the spirits of the people they represented, should the body be damaged or destroyed.”
Price notes that the statue moves in a perfect circle, without wobbling off in a particular direction, and always with a different stopping point. Already theories are being bandied about, from changing traffic patterns to the ever-popular ancient Egyptian curse. But everyone knows these ancient Egyptian curses don’t really exist. Or do they, kittens?
You can find the rest of the details on this curious artifact at Curator Price’s museum blog, Egypt at the Manchester Museum.