Spinning Statue Can’t Be Explained By Museum

    June 24, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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The Manchester Museum in England can’t explain why a small statue made as an offering to Osiris–the Egyptian god of death–has suddenly started spinning on its own.

In a story that sounds straight out of an “Are You Afraid Of The Dark” episode, the 4,000-year old artifact–which was found over 80 years ago in a mummy’s tomb–was recently caught on video moving around by itself, and the museum curator says he’s the only one with a key to the case it’s in.

“I noticed one day that it had turned around,” Campbell Price 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. 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, who is an Egyptologist, has one explanation for the movement:

“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,” he said.

He does say that one theory offered up has to do with friction–the heavy stone artifact coming into contact with the glass shelf it rests on may be vibrating with outside movement–but says that doesn’t explain why it turns in a circle, or why it’s never moved before. Also, it’s sitting beside other relics that don’t appear to be affected at all.

Price says anyone with a viable explanation is welcome to come visit and have a chat with him.

  • Greg Black

    The spinning statue is easy to explain: Basically it’s vibrations.
    If the surface under the statue is of a material that is slanted in any way, it causes resistance in one direction and allows the item to move, via vibrations, only it the opposite direction.
    This would explain why it seems only to happen in the daytime when heavy trucks go by and street and building work is being done.

  • Bob

    It would be curious to put a thermal camera on the scene as well and see the interaction of the sunlight heating the glass case and whatever material the statue is made of. Combines with imperceptible vibrations and it’s general size compared to the other objects may shed some light.

  • Denise M

    I have a glass pitcher on top of my fridge that moves all by itself too if I don’t put something under it to stop the vibrations. DUH

  • smart guy

    Wait, I saw this movie. It was called Night at the Museum. Where is Teddy Roosevelt?

  • MB

    Oh, come on… the spirit is hungry! Bread, beer and beef it already!

  • Pat P

    I cant give a reason why its moving, but surely other artefacts would move round ‘if not in that case’ then other cases as people move round or traffic rumbled past, and wouldnt it move in a backwards/farwards motion if it was friction and not in a half circle and then stop. I like the thought of the mysterious not known, how boring would it be if everything had answers.

  • The Dude

    Plausible explanation that the mummies conscience is in the statue. If the person really believed that then what wouldn’t tie it’s conscience to the the statue like it was to the body. Try sending the statue around the world then recording the degree (compass bearing) it turns to. Also investigate magnetism and strong magnetic anomalies of the area.

  • asheen

    This is a sign something terrible will happen soon

  • Regina V

    Here is the most logical explanation I could come up with for the movement of this object. If the bottom of the statue were to be examined carefully, it might well be found that the surface there is slightly raised at it’s center, like a nub. This area or ‘nub’ would act as a pivot point as the statue is set in motion on the smooth surface of the glass cabinet by either day or nighttime vibrations.

  • Regina V

    The bottom of the statue needs to be examined. If there is a raised area at the center bottom of the statue it would act as a pivot point or nub. Any day or night time vibration acting on the smooth surface of the glass might cause a circular movement of the statue at such a pivot point. This is the most logical explanation I could come up with.