An ancient Greek statue with a child holding what looks like a laptop complete with USB ports is going viral today with the theory of time travel fueling the intrigue. The statue stood as an ancient Greek funeral marker in 100 B.C. and the intricate carving accentuates the object that a little girl is holding up to a woman who is gazing into it, which is seen above.
According to USA Today on February 5, they describe this piece of art as a “sculpture, which is a little over 37 inches tall, depicts a woman sitting on a throne-like chair as a young servant holds open a thin box for her to inspect.” The sculpture is on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. The name of this statue is “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant.”
While the object in the child’s hand does look like a modern-day laptop, it also looks as if the child is holding a box and offering something to the woman. Perhaps she is looking at jewels in what could be a jewelry box as she decides what piece of jewelry to wear?
The sculpture was first pointed out in 2014 and it suddenly has renewed interest online today. It was a video on the YouTube channel “Still Speaking Out,” that offered up the theory of this object offering proof of time travel, reports Yahoo News.
In the YouTube video, the group explains why the object is not the right size for a jewelry box and makes the point of where the woman’s eyes are fixed, not at the bottom, but at the top, where the screen would be on a lap top or another hand-held device.
The YouTube video states, “[The statue] depicts an astonishing object that bears a striking resemblance to a modern laptop or some handheld device.” This is right up there with the Charlie Chaplin flick that seemingly shows someone using a cell phone in the background or the woman from the 1940s or 1950s who seems to be talking on a small cell phone about 50 years before they were wide-spread. You can check out the Charlie Chaplin flick clip on the video above.
Needless to say the naysayers of the time travel theory are more than abundant and they are offering up all kinds of rational theories, and some not so rational. From a jewelry box to a pizza box, this statue could be depicting any type of container, even though pizza or cardboard for that pizza box were nowhere near being invented yet. It could hold special herbs or some kind of ancient treat equivalent to a box of chocolates today. A laptop seems like a bit of a stretch.
What about the USB ports? Those holes look more like something a wooden dolly would slide through to perhaps hang the box when not in use. Besides if that’s a laptop then they had access to the Internet of some kind? That’s a bit far fetched! Unless it was a DVD player-type of self-contained electronics? Time travelers coming and going is a cool idea, but not very rational.