Cursed artifacts, particularly ones from Egypt, are a constant source of inspiration for Hollywood, but after management at an British museum started noticing a statue move on its own accord, some are wondering whether or not to take some inspiration from Hollywood.. and run.
Curators at the Manchester Museum say that they’ve had this particular relic, a piece of history dating back to 1800 BC, on display for 80 years, but it wasn’t until several weeks ago when they began to notice its mysterious movements.
“I noticed one day that it had turned around. I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key,” Egyptologist Campbell Price told The Manchester Evening News. “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. The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy.”
While some skeptics have made the case that the strange movements could be attributed to small vibrations caused by anything from road work, passing busses, or even air conditioners, most museum workers point to the fact that this particular statue is the only one to move, and has only begun its circular spinning recently.
Price believes the restless statue might have much to do with an equally restless spirit.
“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.
Perhaps its time to call Brendan Frasier in for some wacky adventure hijinks?
Check out the time lapse footage below and let us know what you think is causing the relic to spin. Is it an ancient curse? Subway work? Or just a ploy to drum up more business for the Manchester Museum? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, on twitter @WhoForted, or in the comments!