According to the BBC News staffers of a British museum of archeology have been using a 2,700 year old statue of an Egyptian king as a bike rack for the last 100 years.
A 2,700-year-old statue of the Egyptian king Taharqa has reportedly been found in the basement of the God’s House Tower archaeological museum in Southampton, after being ignored for a century.
Staff used it to lean their bicycles against – but no-one realized the 27-inch statue’s importance until two Egyptologists came to visit the museum.
Of course the point is the statue wasn’t important until someone decided that it was, which is one of the things I always find amusing about historical artifacts and antique shoppers. Junk is junk until you find someone who’s willing to make a big frickin’ deal out of it and pay you an awful lot of money to take it and place it on display someplace. From what the article says this statue isn’t in particularly good shape, but it is extremely old so that makes it very important, natch. Of course had the two Egyptologists who recognized the statue not happened upon it, it probably would’ve spent another 100 years as a bike rack and would have made a perfectly good one at that. Some might argue it’s more useful as a bike rack than it is as any kind of museum piece.