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    The relic that began to spin: the mystery of a 4000-year-old Egyptian statuette

    For those who like a bit of a mystery, a story from the past couple of weeks, first brought to public attention in the Manchester UK Evening News:

    1. Ancient Egyptian Statue Has Begun Moving on Its Own, Freaking Out Museum Staff and Sparking Investigation. (whofortedblog.com)

    2. Manchester, Magnets, and Mass Transit: Solving the Mystery of the Spinning Egyptian Statue. (same as above)

    3. Manchester Museum is set to break the spell of the spinning statue. (Manchester Evening News)

    and also see

    Manchester's 'haunted' Egyptian statue: How I survived my scary night at the museum. (same as above)

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    Thanks, Wfgodot!

    I loves me some mystery stories!


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    I saw the "Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III & His World" exhibition at the Kimbell in Ft. Worth in 1992. Great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausgirl View Post
    One of the originals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    I saw the "Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III & His World" exhibition at the Kimbell in Ft. Worth in 1992. Great stuff.
    A friend of mine and I took our kidlets, ages 5 to 8, to some museums in Balboa Park, San Diego...

    somehow we took a wrong turn... And suddenly our little angels were watching a film about spermatazoas "dancing" with ovums....

    Oops!

    and...we were right next to a delightfully creepy mummy presentation...

    I was afraid I had ruined these lil' darlins for life...

    but they all turned out to be terrific people!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    I saw the "Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III & His World" exhibition at the Kimbell in Ft. Worth in 1992. Great stuff.
    I'm totally jealous.

    Though I'd be moreso if it'd been Imhotep, or Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), I'm such a shameless fangirl of those guys.

    Speaking of being a fan, I've always thought Akhenaten looked a bit like Joey Ramone:





    He had the same girl-hips, too. :B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausgirl View Post
    I'm totally jealous.

    Though I'd be moreso if it'd been Imhotep, or Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), I'm such a shameless fangirl of those guys.

    Speaking of being a fan, I've always thought Akhenaten looked a bit like Joey Ramone:





    He had the same girl-hips, too. :B
    Amenhotep III was - of course - Akhenaten's father, and Tut's grandfather. The traveling exhibitions for each are the major Egyptian relics-based shows to have toured the West, and the Amenhotep III show's said to have been the best. (Lucky me!)

    140 objects, including a small bust of Queen Tiy, which has been called the most beautiful art object in the world.

    ETA: he does look like Joey Ramone!
    Last edited by wfgodot; 07-07-2013 at 10:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Amenhotep III was - of course - Akhenaten's father, and Tut's grandfather.
    Don't even get me started on the conspiracy theories, actual conspiracies and general mayhem and oddity surrounding that particular family... it's just an awesome story, though.

    As to the statue - looking at the video, it appears to me that the 'mystery' might involve a wonky floorboard.

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    It's all about perspective. Neb-Senu is not spinning, it stays in place and the world spins around it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    It's all about perspective. Neb-Senu is not spinning, it stays in place and the world spins around it.
    Yes... It is a fixed point in an ever changing cosmos...



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