Ancient Greek laptop
A statue showing a young girl holding up what appears to be a laptop – complete with USB ports – has sparked a frenzy among conspiracy theorists.
The statue, ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant’ is in The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
‘I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer,’ said YouTuber StillSpeakingOut.
‘But 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 and various aspects.’
Unlike many images that get passed around in conspiracy circles, the photo of this 2,100-year-old relief hasn’t been altered or “digitally enhanced.”
In the gallery’s description, the object is described as a ‘shallow chest’ – but conspiracy theorists are having none of that.
StillSpeakingOut says it, ‘depicts an astonishing object which bears a striking resemblance with a modern laptop or some hand-held device.’
In reality, the sculpture of course does not show a laptop — and those holes aren’t USB ports, either. The museum said the relief, which is titled “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant,” depicts a slave holding a shallow chest.
“The depiction of the deceased reaching out for an item held by a servant has a long history in Greek funerary art and probably alludes to the hope of continuing earthly pleasures in the afterlife,” the museum wrote in the description.