The turn of the mummy: God of death statue starts SPINNING on its own in Manchester museum...
but is this a sign that there really is a curse of the Pharaohs?
- 10-inch tall relic is an offering to Egyptian God Osiris, God of the dead
- It has been filmed on a time lapse, seemingly spinning 180 degrees
- TV physicist Brian Cox among the experts being consulted on mystery
- But some now believe there could be 'spiritual explanation' for turning statue
By DAVID WILKES
THE curse of Tutankhamen is said to have claimed more than 20 lives. By contrast, the curse of Neb-Senu amounts to little more than an occasional inconvenience for museum curators.
Over several days, the ten-inch Egyptian statuette gradually rotates to face the rear of the locked glass cabinet in which it is displayed, and has to be turned around again by hand.
Those who like tales of haunted pyramids and walking mummies may regard the mystery of the 4,000-year-old relic – an offering to Osiris, god of the dead – as the strangest thing to hit Egyptology in decades.
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Egyptologist Campbell Price studies an ancient Egyptian statuette at the Manchester Museum, which appears to be moving on its own
Their video has recorded it rotating to its left over the course of three days until facing backwards.
Even more mysteriously, it appears to spin only during daylight hours, and does not turn beyond 180 degrees. Some, including Professor Cox, have suggested that vibrations caused by the footsteps of passing visitors makes the statuette turn on its glass shelf.
Mr Price said: ‘Brian thinks it’s “differential friction” where two surfaces, the stone of the statuette and glass shelf it is on, cause a subtle vibration which is making the statuette turn. But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before.
‘And why would it go a round in a perfect circle? It would be great if someone could solve the mystery.’
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