An ancient Egyptian statuette that slowly turns without any apparent outside help in a museum in Manchester, England, has locals spookily talking about the curse of the pharoahs.
The 25 centimetre-high relic, an offering to the Egyptian God Osiris, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years.
In recent weeks it has become the cause for consternation after repeatedly being found facing the wrong way.
Time-lapse video of the statue of a man named Neb-Senu showed it rotating slowly by day, while staying still at night.
Some scientists have suggested the rotation is due to vibrations caused by footsteps of passing visitors. That’s the theory favoured by British television physicist Brian Cox, who teaches at Manchester’s university.
Manchester Museum curator Campbell Price, an Egyptologist, favours a more exotic theory, saying there may be a spiritual explanation for the turning statue.
"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," Price said…"