An Egyptian relic has left curators of the university museum in Manchester perplexed after video footage showed it mysteriously moving on its own.

The 4,000-year-old statue of a man in a shoulder-length wig and knee-length skirt was filmed over a period of several days in slightly different positions, as if it had been slowly spinning on the spot. The incident was recorded on a security camera installed by museum staff to see if a prankster was responsible.

The figurine is made of serpentine, a hard stone, and has been on display for 80 years. It is believed to have been an offering to the Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead.

The first person to notice the 1800BC statue moving was 29-year-old Egyptian artefacts curator Dr Campbell Price.

"Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the object's position without telling me. But the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction - and a day later had yet another orientation," Price told The Sun.

"None of the other objects in the display had moved. It's bizarre," he added.

"The ancient Egyptians believed that statuettes such as these could act as an alternative home for the spirits of the people they represented, should the body be damaged or destroyed."

According to Price, the sculpture of the man (whose name may be pronounced as Neb-senu) was donated to the museum by Annie Barlow, of Bolton, in 1933 and has never moved before.

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