The small ancient 25 centimetre-high relic has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years and no-one has ever noticed anything peculiar about the statue,
at least not until now.
According to latest reports from the museum, the ancient statue has suddenly started to move in circles, all by itself.
"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," Manchester Museum curator
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."
Brian Edward Cox, O, an English particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the
University of Manchester believes science could explain the strange and unexpected moves of the statue.
Professor Cox says he thinks the movement is due to the "differential friction". "Where two surfaces - the serpentine stone of the statuette
and the glass shelf it is on - cause a subtle vibration which is making the statuette turn.
Why is the statue moving? Image credit: University of Manchester
Another possible explanation is that vibrations caused by the footsteps of passing visitors makes the statuette turn.
The statue of Neb Sanu was discovered in a mummy's tomb and is considered to be an offering to the Egyptian God Osiris.
"The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy.
"Mourners would lay offerings at its feet. The hieroglyphics on the back ask for 'bread, beer and beef'.
"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," Price said.
Osiris was an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead.
As many know, the curse of Tutankhamen is said to have claimed more than 20 lives.
Ancient Egyptian curses are famous and there are many who fear them. Is this the curse of Osiris, some ask?
Manchester Museum curator
Campbell Price wants this mystery to be solved. Image credit: University of Manchester
Price is not convinced Professor Cox's theory can explain the statue's sudden rotation.
"But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before. And why would it go around in a perfect circle?"
With a showman's touch, Price is urging members of the public to visit the museum to see for themselves.
"It would be great if someone could solve the mystery." he said.
The statue, made by one Neb-Senu in about 1800BC, was donated to the museum in 1933, and had been reassuringly immobile for most of that time, until now.
It would seem that the world is full of weird and puzzling phenomena.