Ancient Egyptian statue moves alone, while inside a locked glass case at Manchester Museum, curator says (Video)

By on Jun 24, 2013 in Europe, Weird Comments

Have you heard of a spinning statue? An ancient Egyptian statue moves alone, as shown in the video below. This is despite the fact that it is inside a locked glass case at Manchester Museum in UK. Observers who have seen the 4,000-year old statue moving or slowly facing backwards could not believe what they saw.

As explained by museum curator Campbell Price on the Manchester Museum blog on February 25, 2013, Neb-Senu, a 10-inch-tall statue which dates back to 1800 BC. It has been among the museum’s collection of more than 16,000 items since 1933, and is one of the five items donated by Miss Annie Barlow of Bolton. The ancient statue is placed beside other objects, but none of them moved at all.

“Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. When I first noticed that one of our Middle Kingdom statuettes (Acc. no. 9325) had been turned around 180 degrees to face the back of its case in our new Ancient Worlds galleries, I wondered who had changed the object’s position this without telling me.” Mr. Price wrote.

“Yet the next time I looked into the case, the statue was facing in another direction – and a day later had yet another orientation. None of the other objects in the display had moved. The case was locked. And I have the only key.” The curator added, noting later that there are other people holding a key but he doubt that one of them was playing a trick on him.

Last Thursday, June 20, Campbell Price wrote another blog post related to the spinning statue, along with the 43-second video showing the mysterious phenomenon. The time lapse video footage of taken from April 2, 2013 to April 9, 2013, or exactly one week, which completed the 180-degree turn of the statue.

Some commentators noted that the movement could be due to the vibration caused by museum visitors. Mr. Price also noted on his latest blog post that it could also be because of the footfall or traffic outside the building. However, he emphasized that the statue has been there for decades and has never moved before.

If that’s the case, what do you think is the reason why the statue is moving by itself?

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Photos showing the actvity of the “moving statue”
Image Credit: Luke Lovelock video


Spinning statue inside locked glass case at Manchester Museum
Video Credit: Luke Lovelock/YouTube



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