An ancient Egyptian statue in a British museum has sparked debate after it was captured on video seemingly rotating on its own.
The 10-inch tall statue of Neb-senu has been on display at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England, for 80 years but it was only recently that museum staff noticed the statue moving.
â€œMost Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the objectâ€™s position without telling me,â€ the museumâ€™s curator, Campbell Price, told the U.K.â€™s Sun. â€œBut the next time I looked, it was facing in another directionâ€“and a day later had yet another orientation.â€
With his curiosity piqued, Price returned the statue of the Egyptian idol to its original position in a locked glass case and set up a camera to film the statue over an 11-hour period. The resulting time-lapse video, Price says, shows the statue moving on its own.
Other experts attribute the rotation to a more scientific reasoning, such as subtle vibrations that cause the statue to move.
â€œThe statue only seems to spin during the day when people are in the museum,â€ Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archeology at the University of California, Berkeley, told ABC News. â€œIt could have something to do with its individual placement and the individual character of the statue.â€
The statue, made from serpentine, shows what is likely an official with â€œpriestly duties,â€ according to Price, wearing a shoulder-length wig and knee-length kilt.
Description from the Sun:
This statuette is of an official â€” probably with priestly duties â€” and is made from serpentine, a hard stone.
It shows a man, standing with his left foot forward wearing a shoulder-length wig and a knee-length kilt.
Hieroglyphs on the back of the figure spell out a prayer for offerings (â€œbread, beer and beefâ€) for the spirit of the man.
The reading of his name is unclear â€“ but may be pronounced â€œNeb-senuâ€.
It was donated to the museum by Annie Barlow, of Bolton, in 1933.