The Yorkshire Museum recently challenged curators from other museums all over the world to contribute to the hashtag #CuratorBattle, trying to outdo each other when it comes to certain items in their collections. But their most recent challenge was the best yet, as they decided to one-up each other with #CreepiestObject. And no creepy object from the likes of Scooby-Doo or Buffy has got anything on any of these real life ones!
The Yorkshire started things off with this tangled and gross millennia-old hair bun from from Rome. It is it just me, or does that look like a Tribble from Star Trek?
MUSEUMS ASSEMBLE! It's time for #CURATORBATTLE! 💥— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) April 17, 2020
Today's theme, chosen by you, is #CreepiestObject!
We're kicking things off with this 3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a #Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place...
CAN YOU BEAT IT? 💥 pic.twitter.com/ntPiXDuM6v
Someone spotted this Japanese merman from the Horniman museum in London, and we suggest that James Wan make a movie about it immediately.
#CreepiestObject How about the Horniman Museum’s Japanese merman! pic.twitter.com/YCHXlUFdV9— Joe (@MrMonkus82) April 20, 2020
And speaking of James Wan movies, I think someone discovered the whereabouts of the real life Annabelle.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, we present ....— Egham Museum (@EghamMuseum) April 17, 2020
No need to thank us, it was honestly our pleasure #CURATORBATTLE #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/kgAA2ePMIr
Even more evil-looking dolls! This one is surely cursed. Just look at her! Or better yet, maybe don’t.
Well here she is, quite a treat for her, she doesn’t get out much. For good reason. Continental shell doll, c1860s. #CreepiestObject It’s the carved teeth…. #CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/3ykFNZOr8R
— Shell Grotto (@shellgrotto) April 17, 2020
There are almost nothing more disturbing that a plague mask from the 17th century.
Thanks for thinking of us @HottyCouture and wow, will we be having nightmares tonight with all these #CreepiestObject|s ! Here is the one we just can’t hide from you, one of our many creepy gems – our Plague Mask (1650/1750)! #curatorbattle pic.twitter.com/JrMjqAJSIM
— Deutsches Historisches Museum (@DHMBerlin) April 17, 2020
Someone alert Tim Burton, because these pin cushions could have a whole movie made about them. It would be right up his alley.
@RedHeadedAli how can we ignore such a call to arms?
This particular item has caused a few nightmares for our followers this week.
Our #CreepiestObject is…this pincushion! Complete with tiny children’s heads. You’re welcome, Twitter. #CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/0YdmCE5dYD
— Norwich Castle (@NorwichCastle) April 17, 2020
Nope, this is not a lost prop from Penny Dreadful; this is an actual heart with pins and needles stuck in it to break evil spells.
Sheep’s heart stuck with pins and nails and strung on a loop of cord. Made in South Devon, circa 1911, “for breaking evil spells”, @Pitt_Rivers collections #CreepiestObject #CuratorBattle pic.twitter.com/z5vdCFCU4S
— Dan Hicks (@profdanhicks) April 17, 2020
Let us not forget, paintings can be creepy as heck too. This one feels like it belongs in the gallery at the Haunted Mansion!
#CURATORBATTLE: Asked colleagues & this painting was unanimously chosen. My aunt reels at the sight of it. This painting is often met with hushed tones and nervous laughter… #creepybaby #creepy @DaytonArt pic.twitter.com/vTL3pUiytF
— Katherine Siegwarth (@KatieSiggy) April 17, 2020
While I am sure each of these eyes has a story, I am not sure I want to hear them before bedtime.
I’ll see your eye and raise you a box full of eyes.— Michiel (@upstalbeam) April 21, 2020
from the @museumboerhaave #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/4ha3W9VhsY
And I think it goes without saying that taxidermy is pretty much always creepy. But this one right here takes the cake.
I give you our taxidermy wild cat! A favourite of the museum team due to its bad taxidermy and creepy ‘electrified’ look on its face! #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/L6BpxVgkhT
— Maidstone Museum (@MaidstoneMuseum) April 17, 2020
I am not sure which of these qualifies as the creepiest, but I can safely say I am perfectly okay with never seeing any of this in real life ever. Museums of the world, keep it!
Featured Image: Egham Museum