Think the man-eating lions of Tsavo are a hot attraction at the Field Museum?
Try the “Man in the Mirror.”
Museum visitors today were captivated by an ancient artifact tucked in a corner of the “Inside Ancient Egypt” permanent exhibit: a more than 3,000-year-old bust of a woman with an uncanny resemblance to dead pop star Michael Jackson.
“I saw it, and I’m like, ‘Oh My God, it looks like him,’” said Angel Tapia, 11, a day camper on a field trip with about 40 fellow campers. “I can’t even express it.”
Tapia described himself as a “huge, huge Michael Jackson fan” and agreed with his counselor’s blunt assessment of the bust: creepy, but exciting.
“It’s just really weird,” counselor Rosemary Dominguez said.
The bust, which dates from 1550 to 1050 B.C., might just be the world’s oldest Michael Jackson impersonator.
The ancient Egyptian lady looks more like the Jackson before his recent sudden death — after excessive plastic surgery — than the sprightly Gary, Ind. native twittering “Rockin’ Robin” or the iconic “Thriller” star moonwalking, pirouetting then grabbing his crotch before thousands of screaming fans.
“That’s Michael Jackson!” cried out Mariah Escareno, 9, after a quick glance at the bust while her mother Nichole Shanahan perused a nearby display of ancient Egyptian makeup cases.
Shanahan, of Chicago Ridge, was impressed with the resemblance.
“It seems like the exact same size” as Jackson’s head, she said. “I wonder if they ever measured it.”
Garrett Newbill, 9, visiting with his family from Tennessee, said the flesh-and-bones Jackson was “a lot paler” than the light grey limestone bust. He pointed at another bust in the case and joked, “That one could be Lisa Marie.”
Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of deceased pop legend Elvis Presley, for 20 months in the mid-1990s.
Ted Davis of Dayton, Ohio, judged the bust to be 90 percent Jackson-esque.
“That’s pretty close,” Davis said. “I wonder if he intended to look like a woman.”
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By: Rizing Sun
Tags: Michael, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Egyptian, Egypt, bust, sculpture, creepy
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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