The 4,000-year-old Osiris statue (Osiris is the Egyptian God of the Dead) was constructed in 1,800 BC and has been housed in the Manchester Museum since 1933. Until last week, the relic has sat undisturbed amongst several other ancient Egyptian relics. Last week, museum curator Campbell Price noticed that the statue, which normally faces forward alongside several other Egyptian statues, had been turned, revealing an Egyptian religious prayer imprinted on its back.
“‘I noticed one day that it had turned around. I thought it was strange because it is in a secured glass case and I am the only one who has a key.”
Price returned the status to its original forward-facing position but found that the next day, it had rotated, once again revealing the prayer located on its back. He consulted museum security footage and was stunned to find that the statue could be seen slowly turning, on its own, during the daytime hours. Price offered an explanation for the newly animated statue:
“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.”
The statue appears to spin only during daylight hours, and does not turn beyond 180 degrees. Museum curators and local professors are studying the phenomena in an attempt to determine how the statue is making its mysterious daily rotation.