Bizarre claims have been made that an ancient Greek statue showing a woman ‘using a laptop’ is ‘proof of time travel’.
Experts have slammed a conspiracy that a statue shows a woman using a modern laptop – complete with USB ports.
The totally bonkers speculation claimed the ‘proof’ of time travel was sculpted in 100BC.
The 37-inch marble statue – called Grave Naiskos Of An Enthroned Woman With An Attendant – is displayed at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
The sculpture depicts a woman sitting on an armchair as a slave stands in front of her, holding up a thin folding box. The mistress is seen touching the tip of the box, as her marble eyes gaze toward the upper section of it.
However, some people have claimed that the box is actually the screen of a laptop, as along the side there are two holes that resemble a USB port, or other cable inputs.
According to a video on a conspiracists’ YouTube channel, the base is too shallow to be a jewellery box.
The video claimed that the statue “depicts an astonishing object that bears a striking resemblance to a modern laptop or some handheld device”.
However, they go on to give a more realistic explanation, saying: “When I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information.”
Experts said that this analysis is more down to Earth.
A historian’s gallery description of the sculpture said it showed the woman whose grave it marked looking into a “shallow chest”.
Reportedly, the funeral marker was a common theme in funerary art at the time. It expressed the hopes that loved ones would enjoy the same Earthly pleasures as they did on Earth during the afterlife.
Meanwhile, archaeologist Kristina Killgrove wrote in Forbes that the object could also be a pair of wax tables, that were used for writing.
She added that the holes on the side could have been made to hold wooden objects – which have since rotted away.
This, however, is not the first time that gallery visitors and the internet claim to have found evidence of time travel in artworks.
Art fans previously claimed that a woman was ‘holding an iPhone’ in a painting from the 1860s; in Ferdinand George Waldmüller’s stunning creation titled ‘The Expected One’.
The pretty painting showed a young woman walking through the idyllic countryside, strolling while ‘scrolling an iPhone’.
However, art critics put the claims to rest and said that the woman was instead reading a prayer book.