A video of an ant crawling across the face of the famous Dame de Elche bust has proven popular on social media. Due to its historical importance and age the statue is supposedly kept in a hermetically sealed display case – prompting the museum visitor to ask how the insect got inside. A museum worker admitted that “some maintenance or something may need to be done” to the display.
Dating back to the V or VI century BC the bust, in incredible condition for such an old artefact, was discovered by a French archaeologist in a field near Elche in 1897. It was originally on display in the Louvre in Paris and then later swapped for a Velazquez painting with Madrid’s Prado museum. It was housed in the Prado until 1971 before ending up in its current home of the National Museum of Architecture in Madrid. If you want to see an ant crawling across the face of a statue – and who wouldn’t – you can go to https://twitter.com/MisterAllnut/status/901109368946601984